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Thursday, May 23, 2013


We have heard the stories of how the early Christians were persecuted. Many people met in secret, using hand drawn or carved signs as a signal. A shepherd’s crook or a fish, often identified members of “the Way”—groups of Christians who met in seclusion.

This morning I discovered the sign of the fish, right there on the curb above the underground runoff drain in front of our house. The note carved into the concrete accompanying it says: Flows to river.

The sign is a warning not to throw pollutants into the drain. It identifies the underground runoff drain that leads to a water source filled with living critters. In other words, the sign of the fish points to living water.

Jesus said:

“Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” (John 7:38)

After more than 2,000 years, the sign of the fish still reminds us of Jesus—the source of spiritual living water. I’m happy to see our local government using our tax dollars to remind us of that.

Thank you, Jesus.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank you for the reminders around us of your love and plan. Thank you for giving us a thirst to know you more and for being the true living water that will satisfy that thirst. Amen.

WHAT ABOUT YOU? Do you have similar fish signs on the curbs in your town?


chris said...

Yes, I recognize this sign, the fish. Still looking for the crosses though...

From Carols Quill said...

@ Chris - glad you have fish down your way. I wouldn't have been surprised if you'd found alligators instead!

Pam B. said...

I'll smile now and think of Jesus, every time I see that imprint in the cement. Thank you.

From Carols Quill said...

@ Pam - made you look! Glad it made you smile!