It’s always been a delight to watch my children enjoying the thrill of the ocean. I remember the days when my second born was a toddler. She loved going up to the edge of the water and feeling the waves wash over her toes. With a shrill of glee and a look of delight she experienced the beginning of the depths of the deep blue sea.
As years went by she would branch a little further out, gradually working her way up to her knees. Even though the pull of the wave’s current would knock her down, she would jump back up to encounter the exhilaration of the waves rushing over her once again.
Each year’s return visit took her a little further into the pleasure of the ocean. Gradually she found her way on boogie boards and riding the waves. Last year as a 17 year old she ditched the boogie board and body surfed. The more she felt the amusement of the open waters, the greater the call to go in deeper.
Do you know that the deepest parts of the ocean have never been explored. The reason why is the cost is too great to go there. There are treasures hidden in the darkness of the depths that no one ever discovers because of cost.
It’s amazing to me how much life in the physical and spiritual correlate. The ocean of God’s vast love invites us into the depths where treasures are stored, yet often we don’t go there. The cost seems too great.
It’s easy to be comfortable with body surfing or even snorkeling. There is a thrill associated with seeing exotic things there, but it’s nothing near to what a scuba diver sees.
I remember the time my husband and friend went scuba diving. A giant sea turtle swam past at just the right time. My husband grabbed hold and went for a ride. You can’t find that snorkeling. Those pleasures are waiting in the deep. Turtle rides are treasures stored in the secret places of the ocean’s depth.
God has beckoned me into the deep waters with Him. At first I feared going. What would it look like? What would it cost me? It’s a risk to go deep sea diving with God. After all we don’t really know what we will encounter. Why is it we so often look at the cost of something, when God always looks at the gain? Why do we hold onto our places of comfort when God invites us to move into the secret places where treasures are stored?
Just as the ocean’s lure beckoned my daughter to come further in, He invites me to come into the depths of His great love. It’s there He whispers His secrets into my heart. He wants to tell me who He really is and what He thinks of me. Yes, it will mean I leave comfort behind. There are things that will have to be discarded in order to swim deep. But honestly, is there really any comfort in those things? Isn’t the real comfort realized in coming to know Him deeply? What I am leaving behind will not compare to what will be uncovered. He desperately wants us to know Him, intimately, deeply, by name. In Him I will find all the comfort I need.
So, what do you say, will you dive in deep and let Him show you the treasures stored there? Can you allow Him to have your comforts and find your comfort in Him alone? You will never be the same. Oh the depths and riches of His great love, who can fathom.
I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name. Is. 45:3
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