So I came upon this interesting tid bit from the animal world yesterday. Check out this little fact about sea otters:
“Sea otters will often float in groups (called rafts) whilst they eat, rest and sleep. A raft of otters can be anything from two otters to hundreds! And, whilst they are rafting, it is well known that they will all hold hands to stay together in their group.”
What an amazing picture of the Christian life! How wise is our Creator God who built into the sea otter this behavior. Can you imagine a sea otter nodding off to dream land all by himself just sleeping in the sea? Eight hours later he wakes up to himself and the mighty ocean with nothing but water as far as the eye can see. You better believe he is quickly going to become an appetizer for a great white shark.
I love the very simple and true declaration that God makes when he looks at man. He declares in Genesis 2:18, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” This obviously is a verse that relates to marriage but I believe goes beyond that relationship. I think it is true in general that ‘it is not good for man to be alone.’ A person alone, all by themself, never does well in the end.
There is no doubt that we all need companions and helpers in life. There are times we need help lifting a heavy box. There are times we need help lifting a heavy burden. There are times when we just lose motivation and we need someone encouraging us forward. There are times when we don’t know what decision to make and we need help and guidance.
Just like a lone sea otter sleeping in the sea, if we do life alone, we will drift into waters that are not good for us. It is so important that we find a group or a ‘raft’ to belong too. We need those other people around us to lock arms with for our own health and spiritual protection. So like it says in Hebrews 10:25, “25 …let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back again is drawing near.’