Thursday: February 26, 2020
Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
There are days when you come across facts or new knowledge that fits seamlessly into a picture being painted throughout your day. Everything appears to corroborate and seamless fall into place- I have had one of such afternoons. As I read the text for today, one word stood out: choices. Israel were offered options from which they were to make a choice.
Interestingly, while thinking about ‘choices’, I chanced upon a ‘law’ which I found rather amusing: Koi’s law. This law argues that the koi fish grows in proportion to the environment within which it is put. Therefore, in a bowl or pond, it may reach maximum size of 8cm or 25cm respectively. However, in a river, it can grow up to 120cm long. While it may be unable to choose the environment within which it is put, it makes effort to make the most of that environment.
No matter the amount of comparison we make, life is about choices and we make hundreds of these each day, many of which are affected by a multitude of factors. We might wonder: ‘why do we have to make choices about the same things daily?’ It is because our reality is different each day. Regardless of routine, an example being taking the same path to work or school each day, your footsteps are never in same spots each day. That is change.
An obstacle or different opportunity can affect the path you walk on a daily basis. So sweetheart, bear in mind that life changes daily and requires us to take new paths with new choices to make each day. If the koi fish does not make a decision to grow in proportion to its environment, it risks extinction because a fish in a river will have lower chances of survival if it compared and tailored its growth in proportion to one put in a bowl.
We have an advantage for there are moments when we can change our location. That becomes crucial because the surrounding and mindset we choose bring significant difference in results. But ultimately, there is only one variable that should be our choice each day; that is God.