Here is a brief part from my memoir I have stored away on my computer. I am getting closer to making a decision about trying to publish it, but in the meantime, I am finding that parts of it inspire me to write blog posts that are not necessarily even related to my story at all. This section is part of chapter two where I talk about the medical aspect of what occurred, as well as, my stay in the hospital.
There was an aquarium on the pediatric unit at the hospital that housed a Newt. When I was able to, I visited Newton (not sure if this really was his name or if I called him that on my own) just about every day. Our eyes would make contact, and I would stare at him in his fish bowl world wondering what he was thinking. I wished I could have jumped in the tank with him and swam around to escape. I too had people staring at me probably wondering what I was thinking or if I really understood what had happened. My hospital room had become my own fish bowl.
Although this is from a section of my story about the time in the hospital, I cannot help but think that we are all living in “fish bowls”. We tend to watch each others’ actions and form opinions based on how others are swimming around. When sad times make their way into life, we sometimes stand by and watch the reactions of people. Often, their reactions affect our responses.
What if instead of just standing there on the outside of the “tank”, we would all make a more committed effort to jump in and swim around a bit with those who are going through a difficult time? I wonder how many people could be eternally impacted if Christians would walk alongside people we differ from, or people who are grieving, or lonely, or homeless, or orphaned, or guilty, or addicted, or whatever else makes us think we are on one side while they are on the other.
I know it is cliché to say “what would Jesus do?”….but seriously, “What would Jesus do?” His life, as written in Scripture, depicts a Savior who walked with people most of us would stray from. His love is for everyone….everyone. We are all living life in a fish bowl. We watch others, and more importantly, others are watching us. I think it is time that Christians (including myself) stop wading in the shallow end of the pool with only those we are like, and jump in head first with those we are least like. After all…”What Would Jesus Do?
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” – John 13:34