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Jellyfish Teaching

My son and I both got stung by jellyfish on our vacation. As usual, I try to find the teaching behind every circumstance and this was a good opportunity to teach my son a spiritual truth! Did you know that a jellyfish can’t swim? It just floats along in the sea, catching food in the long thread-like “legs” that trail behind it. Since it can only float, the jellyfish has to go wherever the current takes it. And sometimes the current takes it where it doesn’t want to go!

shallow focus photo of pink and brown jellyfish

Photo by Pawel Kalisinski on

When a jellyfish gets washed up on the sand, it becomes totally helpless. Since it can’t move to get back into the water, the jellyfish just dries up and dies there on the beach.

We can learn a lesson from the “wishy-washy” jellyfish. Sometimes Christians “float” along with the crowd and do what others are doing, just because that’s the easy thing to do. The Bible tells us not to go along with others just because “everybody’s doing it.” We need to do what the Bible says is right, even if it means swimming against the tide.

A Corpus Christi Jellyfish

A Corpus Christi Jellyfish © 2016 MANLY TRAINING

If you go God’s way, you won’t end up washed up, dried up, and out of luck. God’s way is best, even if you have to go it alone.

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but be a new and different person with a fresh newness in all you do and think. Then you will learn from your own experience how his ways will really satisfy you. Romans 12:2 TLB

A jellyfish just floats along,
Till it’s washed up on the sand.

animal bay beach bubbles

Photo by Porapak Apichodilok on

If you will “swim” and go God’s way,
You’ll like the place you land!

Ask God to help you go His way, even when others don’t.

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