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Swimming Up-stream

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Salmon is my delight – smoked, grilled, baked, steamed, fried – it is the “what if you were stranded on an island and could pick but one food” item at the top of my list. Unlike many other fish, salmon do not enjoy the easiest of life cycles. Hatched in fresh water, they will spend a few years growing and adapting to life before entering the Pacific Ocean (salt water). They grow to maturity in salt water and reenter the fresh water swimming up-stream through difficult miles of rapids in order to reach their spawning grounds. The intricate details of their lives so divinely and intelligently designed, it is hard to imagine and yet they are but one of thousands of creatures existing on this planet of ours – all with a plan in mind. I often wonder why a salmon has such a difficult plight while a catfish simply dwells on the bottom of the pond.

The past few years of my life have been some of the best and at the same time some of the worst of my life – tumultuous waters, storms, high winds, leaking boat – I would describe my life in terms of a salmon as one swimming up-stream during a hurricane.  Truth be known, I have quoted Dickens throughout the day to no one, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…” only to follow-up with a rendition of Annie, “The sun will come out tomorrow.”

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

Sometimes it is hard to imagine that our tribulations can possibly turn for the good. There are times when the losses seem far too great and the distance to where we are going impossible to reach. I imagine the salmon must think the same thing, if in fact salmon can think such things. I imagine that the currents push against them and the battle to return to their homeland seems a task of unreachable proportions. Does it ever occur to a salmon to just lay the eggs somewhere easier?

Over the years I’ve come to realize that it is more about the way we carry out the plan than the plan itself. If one compares that such care is given to a life cycle of a salmon, how much more involved are the plans for our own. At times we do wonder why our neighbor’s life seems detailed in such a different way from our own. It is all about the journey and how we determine to find our way back to our homeland with our Father.

Remember who designed you.

You were created to do great things in His name.


Written by Nora Hatchett Almazan

November 19, 2011 at 4:31 am