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A View from the Tank
I’ve always considered myself a bit quirky in some ways and I’m pretty sure others would agree. For instance, ABH embraces a mascot whom I have grown quite fond of and talk to every day. Our mascot happens to live in a fish tank. Alone. Let’s just say he sees others in his tank as potential meals.
Our fish goes by the name of Oscar and this also describes his lineage. Oscar fish have a unique quality of growing to the size of their allotted space. Fortunately, our Oscar grows rather slowly and his tank occupies only one corner of the office. From this vantage point he watches the staff work. I often wonder what he thinks.
Does he hear our praises of delight when we see financial needs and prayer support for each need slowly grow to fruition? Does he roll his big brown fish eyes when staffers compare thrift store finds that meet the standards of appropriate dress for a book drop in Tanzania?
Perhaps he yawns as we deliberately and carefully create covers for our newest books or review every word and letter of a manuscript for accuracy. Does Oscar sigh with relief as our works in both Swahili and English, move on to a formatter and then the printer?
Our underwater mascot sees it all. He hears it all. Even our moments of quiet. This stillness comes each morning as the staff gathers together. A devotional is read, we contemplate items on our prayer calendar and we pray for donors, one-by-one. Our quietest time—our most powerful time.
Pay attention, Oscar. We will soon go flying off, but not before grabbing hold of the promises of our powerful God through prayer. The promises of the One who goes before us, beside us, behind us. The One who blazes light into the hearts of those eagerly waiting.
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