“IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT WATER IS LIKE, DON’T ASK A FISH.”
I heard this today.
Think about that.
Ironically, when I was 9, I had two goldfish, Laelius and Marcus Aurelius.
Marcus Aurelius was by far the most outspoken.
Me: Hey, can you tell me what water is like?
MA(Marcus Aurelius): What? What is water?
Me: This. Explain this.
I showed him a glass of water, sloshed it around a bit, poured a little bit out.
Laelius just looked at Marcus, shook his head and rolled his eyes. Then he swam to the other side of the bowl.
MA: We don’t have that here.
I laughed out loud. I thought he was kidding.
Me: You’re kidding, right?…You know you’re swimming in it.
I poured the glass of water into the fishbowl.
MA : This isn’t water…this is God…he just ate your water. He feeds us, he holds us. He does everything for us. This is the whole world.
I didn’t really know what to say.
I was only 9.
I remember when my whole world was all I knew.
It was everything.
And then, this voice came in from outside my world and introduced me to the REAL ONE.
I never saw the world the same again.
And now, I can talk about it to anyone who will listen.
And, I will.