I walked into a gift shop the other day.
A beautiful salt water aquarium was near the front desk.
A clown fish swam cautiously behind the glass, perhaps aware of my presence.
Remember the movie, Finding Nemo?
I have always been struck by how a particular scene at the beginning of the film found closure at the end of it.
Being a parent myself, I can relate to Nemo’s father as he is anxious about his only child’s well being.
Having been a child myself, I can still remember wanting to do things that my parent was afraid for me to do.
In the movie, Nemo becomes very frustrated and angry with his father.
Then, the awful words are spoken.
“I hate you, Dad!”
And with that, Nemo is captured by a scuba diver and whisked away.
After many dangerous perils laced with adventure, Nemo and his father are finally united once again at the end of the story.
Do you remember Nemo’s first words to him when this happens?
“Daddy…….I don’t hate you.”
Nemo’s last words to him before he was captured had surely weighed heavy on his heart throughout all the time they were separated.
Have you felt this kind of regret before?
Words spoken that should never have been.
I know the longing to take them back and to say that I’m sorry—don’t you?
The best way for me to avoid this pain all together is to consider my words before they become audible.
Will I still become frustrated and angry?
Disappointed or critical?
If I do, I have a choice.
What will I say?
Psalm 51:3 reads,
“For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.”
If I don’t want to carry the heavy knowledge of sinful words spoken hastily, I need to make sure they are not ever spoken.
But what if I fail?
I may ask forgiveness from those my words have reached and ask forgiveness from God…..