Walden 2010: Surprised?

In celebration of the five year anniversary of my experience in living out of my car, I am posting a series of journal entries never before revealed. The hope of my Walden series is to share both a journey and … Continue reading

Walden 2010: Good Friday

In celebration of the five year anniversary of my experience in living out of my car, I am posting a series of journal entries never before revealed. The hope of my Walden series is to share both a journey and … Continue reading

Harvey Ferdinand

Harvey Ferdinand is a fish.

Harvey6Elaine and I named him the first day we got back in Vegas and talked about getting him. He’s really Elaine’s fish but I like to think that I’m his aunty or step mom or something. Elaine had given up on her hope of getting a fish because her budget is tight (it seems to be a theme for me these days too) and she wanted to be more obedient and wise with her funds. Out of the blue, a woman from my church told Elaine that she was going to buy her a fish. And the statement was clear: God cares and provides about the little things.

It was devastating, then, to come out and find his still and shriveled body on the floor next to his cup. He’d jumped out in the middle of the night, apparently, and met his demise. Elaine and I bemoaned his loss and the humor of it (we’d only had him for two days) while he lay there dead. I declared that we needed to give him a funeral and went to get a paper towel to flush him down the toilet.

That’s when the miracle happened.

The minute I touched his limp body he began flopping about on the tile. Harvey Ferdinand was alive! Elaine rushed to put him back in the water and we watched him come alive again in the water. Wow! How long had we been talking about his death when he was really still alive?

Elaine was the first one to make the connection between the fish and the girls trapped in human trafficking. It’s like people are standing around the issue and the people and think that they’re already lost. The problem is how to burry them, not how to save them. It’s like the girls in it are already dead. But the truth is that they aren’t dead. They just need to be drawn back into the life that was given them from the beginning—back into the blessing that they are.

The point of faith is that we know that God transforms people from death into life…life not enslaved to the old life anymore. Freedom in Christ isn’t about abstaining from the old sins, it’s to live free of them. But this won’t happen unless we stop ignoring the ones we think are dead, or stop standing over them telling them that they are dead, but to say ‘here, I believe that God is a God of resurrection. He resurrected his Son and now he will resurrect you’.

It’s always the long hall. We have to trust in God and his power. People don’t resurrect over night. But they will be saved, like Harvey. Who is happily swimming around in the life that he was always meant to have…a life in water. Just like we are meant to have life in Christ.

Harvey