Vital Connections

Thursday, November 25, 2021
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When my brother was young, he would be the one to check the family before we went away on a holiday. "Did you unplug the iron?" he would say to our mother. "Is the stove off?" We could go once he was satisfied that nothing was left connected that shouldn't be.

As a teenager, my brother kept a tank in his bedroom with tropical fish that he had bought with his own money. They were his pride and joy. We especially liked to watch the black and white angelfish gracefully waving its long fins as it slowly swam back and forth. It was a beauty.

Our family was getting ready to go on a camping trip to Long Beach, on the west coast of Vancouver Island, Canada. We were fairly new at camping, and there was a lot to get ready. All our equipment and supplies had to be in order and packed.

Do you know where this story is going? Everything had to be turned off or unplugged before we could go, right? My mum had been well conditioned, so she went around the house pulling plugs. You got it: she pulled the plug to the fish tank! When we got back, my brother was devastated to find his beloved angelfish belly-up on the surface of the water. All the other fish were dead as well. No happy bubbling sounds could be heard, and the water was still. The fish needed oxygen, and their life-giving supply had been cut off. It was a sad scenario.

Just as an electrical connection was vital to the supply of oxygen for the fish tank, so are connections vital in our Christian life.

Colossians 1:22 – Yet now [God] has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault. (NLT)

First of all, we must become connected to God through faith. Jesus has paid the price so that we may have eternal life, not just life forever and ever, but a new dimension of life, vitally connected to Him. Our sins are forgiven, and we can have this forgiveness anytime we mess up, if we ask.

Colossians 1:23a – But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don't drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News. (NLT)

We must nurture the connection that we have experienced, through the action of the Holy Spirit.

Colossians 2:7 – Let your roots grow down into him and draw up nourishment from him. See that you go on growing in the Lord, and become strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught. Let your lives overflow with joy and thanksgiving for all he has done. (TLB)

Let's continually stay close to Jesus, commune with Him through prayer, quickly confess any sin, and read and study His Word to find out what God is like and what He expects of us. That way, we will stay connected with Him and live, and not die spiritually, like the unfortunate fish, disconnected from the source of life.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we come to You with thanksgiving that You have joined us to Yourself. Help us to stay connected to You through Your Word. Help us to remember that without being vitally connected to You, we can do nothing. In Your name, we pray. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you.

    Amen, Alice.

    Amen sister.

    So true, thanks and blessings, Alice!

    Thank you, Alice, for this powerful message.

    Amen and amen! Thanks for sharing. Blessings.

    Alice, thank you for sharing this wisdom with us.

    Thanks Alice, so well written, easy to follow. Blessings.

    Thanks, Alice. That was such a good analogy with the fish tank story. We enjoy your devotionals.

    Dear Alice,
    Again, a lovely devotional. You have the gift of putting your thoughts down so well, and I can tell it is you writing by about the third sentence.
    Thanks for sharing!

    Thank you for our thoughts from Colossians. I am amazed how some of those passages are so powerful. I have been having a special time writing out 5 verses a day from Colossians in a notebook. It is amazing how some verses stand out when you write it out.

    Good morning, Alice, Thank you for the very timely message when we are all focused on so many things in our daily lives, especially with the Christmas season upon us. We do need to stay connected!!
    May God Bless You and Yours,

    Greetings Alice,
    Thank you for this very meaningful devotional. You have written a very good analogy of connection to things and the importance of our connection to our Lord. I felt for the distress your Mom and brother had to experience after the tank had been disconnected. Blessings for the writings you do.

    Hi Alice,
    I am sure writing this devotional brought back great memories with your family. I am sure your brother was quite upset. I would have thought he would have had a friend looking after feeding his fish while he was away and would have seen that the tank was unplugged. My husband had a fish tank for many years which also included angel fish as one of the types. It was quite a bit of work but lovely to sit and watch the fish.
    It is so true that we need to stay connected to God and be plugged in to be nourished and mature in our faith. We also need to be connected to other Christians as Jesus showed us that the community of faith is essential to stay well connected.
    Thank you for sharing a little piece of your journey in life and how it reminds you of the importance of your faith in God. Blessings.

    Thank you for such good advice in your devotional.

    Thank you, Alice, for this lovely meditation on our connection with Him. Please keep writing.

    Alice, what a great story that takes us into our spiritual thoughts of where we are!! Thank you for sharing.

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