Genesis 1 New Living Translation (NLT)
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.[a] 2 The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.
I’ve lived in states that border an ocean my entire life. I’ve swum and boogie boarded in the waters of the Pacific and the Atlantic. I’ve also been fortunate enough to visit several of the Hawaiian & British Virgin Islands. By far, my favorite waters are the crystal clear blue-green of the Caribbean. Not only are they spectacular to behold from the heights of an A320 Airbus, they are equally breathtaking to gaze upon while lying on a lounge chair on the white sandy shoreline.
Maybe its because I’m a city girl at heart and prefer a concrete pond over the mossy covered ones that lie stagnate in the blistering heat of a muggy NC summer day. Or maybe it’s because when I swim or snorkel into deep waters, I want to SEE if a predator is looming in the waters beneath or around me! In short- I like to be in control of my surroundings.
Unfortunately, I’ve learned the same controlling tactics in trying to protect my soul. As long as I can SEE what is in the deep waters surrounding my life, I’m good. But, as I continue to discover: that’s a lie. The truth is, there are depths and canyons of my soul that I cannot SEE. There are chasms so dark and hidden that only the One who created me can reach.
Ephesians 3:18-19 New Living Translation (NLT)
18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
But the Lord gives me the choice to either:
-submit my will to His & follow Him into the depths
-to live safely in the shallows, where I think visibility is 100%.
Ask any snorkeler or scuba diver and they’ll tell you, there are hidden treasures to behold in the deep waters, but you must be willing to face your fears to go there. The same is true in the depths of my soul. Even though I may not understand why or how they’ve remained hidden, there is beauty buried in the darkness that needs to be subjected to the Light, brought to the surface and shared with others.
Proverbs 3:5-6 New Living Translation (NLT)
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.