Nemo and Me

According to the brief program guide, Finding Nemo was released in 2003. Eleven years after release, I finally watch it. Why? Call it channel surfing.

Just to refresh your memories, Nemo is captured as a baby clown fish and lives in an aquarium in a dentist’s office. His father, and a companion, Dorrie, are determined to find the little fellow. They have one smidgen of direction found on a swim mask. They go through many hazards and find unique help along the way. Nemo is the means of escape from the aquarium. Comic relief is abundant and the story ends with literary justice.

Two elements that interested me also have scriptural connotations. When Nemo bravely swims up the filter tube to clog the filter the leader of the fish tells the other fish that soon the aquarium will be dirty; it will have to be cleaned and when they are out of the aquarium they can make the great escape back into the ocean. He tells them to help the dirty conditions out by thinking dirty thoughts. “Think dirty thoughts and soon it will be dirty.” Proverbs 23:7 teaches “As he thinketh in his heart, so he is. . .” Many youth pastors tell the teens “garbage in, garbage out.”

Then there is Dorrie. Yes, she is a bit dingy and can hardly remember her own name, but she is an encourager. Her theme, “Keep swimming, keep swimming” follows through right to the climax when she is accidentally caught in a fishing net. Nemo, small enough to swim into the net for rescue tells the whole net of fish to keep swimming down and as they do, they manage to break the tow ropes and are freed. Undoubtedly this week I will have the opportunity more than once to tell someone to “keep swimming.”

When we walk in the Shepherd’s presence, we can learn even from a cartoon movie. We need to know God’s Word, and sense His presence to see His ways; they are always before us.

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