The Preacher’s Goldfish
The Preacher’s goldfish,
Upon the platform pedestal swims,
Ready for the his sermon illustration
About the Kingdom of Him.
The idea is that the fish is us
And the water – God.
We need to soak ourselves in Him
As we live upon this sod.
To show someone leaving God,
He takes his fish by net scooping.
Right out of the bowl,
At first, a little amusing.
He keeps throwing droplets
On the wiggling, wriggling fish – downing?
The congregation was aghast.
Many squirming and frowning.
Some thought that when it hit the water
The minister’s illustration would go awry.
They thought it was out too long.
His goldfish might sink and die!
However, the fish got a second wind.
The group let out a sigh.
It swam all around the tank.
Now looking very spry!
The church, to this day,
Remembers the lesson told
When we stay in God’s Presence,
Like the goldfish in the bowl.
— Charles B. Mayes
The Preacher’s Goldfish © 2016 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.
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We can learn a big lesson from a small goldfish about seeking the Kingdom of God and living within His Presence constantly.
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