Codfish & Catfish

I love codfish for its taste and texture. I came across this story of the codfish.

Many years ago the main problem of the codfish business had to do with transporting the fish from the east coast to the west coast of USA.

How to keep the fish fresh and good to eat?

It seemed that they first tried to freeze the fish and sent it by rail, which was the fastest means of transportation at that time. However when the codfish was frozen, they lost much of its flavor.

Then it was decided to transport the fish live by turning the railroad cars into huge saltwater aquarium tanks. Of course the codfish arrived alive 3 or 4 days later at the destination. But when they were cooked it was found the texture of the codfish had become mushy because they had not been active at all in the tank.

Finally the solution found was to place a few saltwater catfish in the tanks.

Catfish are natural enemy of the codfish. The catfish would chase the codfish around the tanks throughout the time they were being transported. It appeared the catfish kept the codfish from becoming motionless, mushy and stale. When the codfish arrived, they were in better condition than ever. Their texture was great and their taste even better than before. In fact many people believed it has improved.

So what’s the moral of this story?

We all need catfish in our lives to keep us fresh, alive and growing.

The catfish in our lives are the difficult people and difficult situations. They chase us around, irritate and torment us to no end. They keep us on our toes. They keep us going and growing. If not for them, our lives might just be uneventful and flavorless, motionless and mushy and we would never develop strong sinews of Christian character.

Believe it or not, God put catfish in the tanks of our lives to keep us fresh, strong and healthy.

So Romans 5:3-4 (The Message) tells us:

“We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary – we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!”


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