Don’t keep reading unless you are prepared to hear what happens in the movie Finding Dory.
It’s a kids movie, so you probably already guessed it ends with happily ever after. Dory finds her family and she swims off into the sunset with her parents, Nemo, Marlin, and Hank, the angry, seven-armed octopus.
Her MEMORIES led her home.
Regardless of what that cranky “septopus,” Hank said, her MEMORIES saved the day.
And her parents were not only there waiting, but they had never stopped making a way for her to return. When Dory was a young child, they taught her to follow a trail of seashells back to her home. For all the time she was lost, her parents arrayed sea shells from their home outward in a sunburst, in hopes that Dory would follow that trail back to them.
Her parents taught her how to get home and she remembered.
I may not be quite as forgetful as Dory, but I can relate to her story.
I’ve wandered. I’ve chased shiny things. I’ve looked for love in all the wrong places. I’ve lost sight of who I was and where I came from. I’ve been distracted and confused. I’ve forgotten truth. I’ve been lost.
But because my earthly parents taught me to look for nuggets of truth like gold to line the way to my Heavenly Home, I’ve remembered time and again to follow them.
Sure, I’ve been knocked off course and chased down a false lead a time or two. But because I was taught truth I always seem to find my way back to the right trail.
Following Jesus is the one and only way to our heavenly home.
Even the shiniest jewel this earth offers cannot compare with the treasures awaiting me in Heaven.
The love of God is the purest, truest, most genuine love of all time.
I am a child of God created by Him for His glory.
Focusing on the Father helps us fight confusion.
Truth is found in the pages of my Bible.
It is always there for me to judge my thoughts and feelings and even my memories against. Anything that doesn’t line up with Scripture is false. And the enemy would like nothing more than to lead us astray with those lies.
Because my parents taught me to seek truth, those MEMORIES are never really gone. They just need a little dusting off every now and then. I pray that my efforts with my own children will bear fruit in their later years as well.
Just like Dory’s parents kept placing seashells out for Dory, my Heavenly Father will never stop leaving me reminders to follow home to Him, either.
Remembering truth leads us home.
For more on keeping your MEMORIES fresh, check out 3 Ways to Improve Your Memory.
“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”
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