Crocodiles and Ripples

by Katisha Lindee 

I grew up in Innisfail, a little sleepy town just south of Cairns and built on the banks of the Johnston River. Everyone knows that there are crocodiles in the river and even though an actual crocodile sighting is newspaper-worthy, no one wants to find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time and so the river is treated with great respect.

I’ve only ever “seen” a croc in the river once and it was when I was quite young and walking across the bridge with my dad. We looked down into the river and we saw ripples on the surface of the water; the kind of ripples that told us something pretty big was swimming under the surface. It was far too big to be a fish and far too consistent to be a school of smaller animals, so we concluded that it must have been a croc. I came home and excitedly told mum about what we had seen and I’ve never forgotten it.

I don’t live in Innisfail anymore, but this morning I went running near the creek in Townsville. As I was catching my breath, I happened to look down into the water and sure enough, I saw ripples. Big ripples. I know that there are no crocs in this particular body of water but my thoughts went immediately to that time on the Innisfail bridge, because the ripples kind of looked the same. My question was “what could possibly be making these ripples, it must be something really big!”

But as I looked closer, I noticed that I could actually see the ripple-maker. And the creature I was looking at was this tiny little fish, only about 5cm long. Yet the ripples it was creating were spreading out for several metres around it.

Something about nature helps me to connect with God and the little fish made me think. As a Christian, aren’t I supposed to be making ripples? Ripples are a good thing, they bring colour and life and interest to water that would otherwise be flat and boring. Ripples draw attention. Ripples upset the ordinary and interrupt the expected. Ripples make people think about what is under the surface. They make people think about something bigger; the metaphorical crocodile.

I am a very little fish and sometimes it’s not easy to see how my life really counts in God’s big picture. There I am swimming through the day-to-day, just focusing on the next thing, not really understanding what God is doing on the surface of the water. But what if my ripples are stretching out far behind me? What if someone is looking at my ripples, at my life, and is caused to think of God because of them?

I freely admit that the metaphor is a weak one, but just humour me for a second. If God is the crocodile (a very gentle, non-sinister crocodile!) then my life will have been well-spent if by it, I am creating ripples that make people pay attention to the crocodile under the surface. If I am overlooked because my life is drawing attention to the creator of the universe, what more could I ask for?

 

Katisha has been part of the Anew Conference worship team for the last six years. She is a classically trained violinist by day and a singer, looping artist and multi-instrumentalist by night. Katisha has almost completed her Bachelor of Music degree at the Queensland Conservatorium and is passionate about using music as a tool to share the love of Jesus. She is excited for the adventures God has for her in 2020 which she hopes will include school chaplaincy and continued touring with her music around regional Queensland.

 

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