The sequel to an American film masterpiece has hit the big screen. Finding Dory, the sequel to a 90’s baby favorite, Finding Nemo, is finally here! I love Finding Nemo. On my list of all time Disney movies I believe it would be in my top 5. If not, then it would just miss out at #6. We can debate the best Disney movies in the comment section. What intrigues me about films, even those that many would consider to be children’s films, are the lessons that we can take away from them. Nemo is packed with lessons. This is the Gospel of Nemo:
We know this story right? Marlin, Nemo’s father, has experienced unspeakable tragedy in his life. His wife and all of his children were killed except for Nemo. Nemo didn’t come out of the attack completely unscathed though, his fin was injured and he isn’t the best swimmer, which I would imagine is a rough life for a fish. Marlin’s entire life operates out of fear because of what he has been through. It has become central to who he is, a large part of his identity.
He gets into an argument with Nemo. He sees Nemo at the drop-off and thinks he is about to swim out to a boat. He lectures him about the dangers of boats and insinuates that Nemo can’t swim well enough to even attempt to get to the boat, which Nemo takes as an insult and challenge. In typical, defiant, young man fashion Nemo swims out and touches the butt. As he is swimming back to the drop-off he gets captured by divers, Marlin panics and tries to swim after the boat but he can’t catch it. He starts asking people if they’ve seen the boat and ends up running into loving, loyal, and extremely forgetful friend in Dory. She helps Marlin search the ocean for Nemo, wide and long and high and deep. They run into sharks, jellyfish, sea turtles, whales, and Dory can speak whale, and the reason they search is this: No matter how wide and long and high and deep the oceans are, it pales in comparison to how wide and long and high and deep a Father’s love is for his children. Is this unlike our God and us?
I love Ephesians 3. Specifically, Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians. He says this in verses 16-18, “I pray that out of his glorious he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,”
Whenever I read that, “to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,” I think of the ocean. I think about being at the beach, how overwhelming it is to look out at nothing but water as far as the eye can see, how mind-blowing it is to try and fathom the depths of the ocean, the overall vastness. The love that Jesus has for us is greater than all the drops in the ocean, more powerful than all the waves that wash over the earth. What a surreal feeling, to know that you are loved by a love like this. What a humbling effect, to dwell on the love that the Father has for his children.
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