Too Deep to Swim Back!

“However, as it is written: 
   ‘No eye has seen,
      no ear has heard,
   no mind has conceived
   what God has prepared for those who love him’— but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit.
      The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.” -1 Corinthians 2:9-11 (NIV)

I remember being a little boy playing on the shoreline of the Atlantic Ocean.  I have a memory of getting on an inner-tube and being towed out, by my father, into far deeper water than I had ever been allowed to go before.  He took me through the breakers until even he had some trouble standing in the deepening current and began to swim until we reached a sand bar where he could once again stand in only about waist deep water.  I remember as I floated on that rubber tube, the feeling of both fear and thrill.  Fear, because it was somewhere I never been and was cautioned by my parents not to go alone.  Thrill, because this was totally new territory, both dangerous and adventurous.  And yet, I eagerly wanted to go to this place where only my Dad could be trusted to take me and I would still feel safe.

In this 55th year of my life, after having been a believer in Christ for longer now than I have lived, I find that I am still a child.  After having been long educated in Sunday School, in church and in a seminary preparing to become a pastor, I am finding that my Father, by the power of His Holy Spirit, is pulling me, on a vast ocean of His mystery, into far deeper water than I have ever before imagined.  It is not safe.  I cannot swim it alone.  I am too far from shore to turn back and apart from His keeping of me, I feel that I would surely sink and drown.  

I was afraid at first.  I could hardly take a deep breath!  But the farther He tows me and the deeper the waters, the more I find that my trust in Him is enough.  Slowly, the thrill and the joy in where He is taking me is revealed as a place not only of adventure, it is a place where my faith can grow strong.  This deep water is where only the Spirit can take me, and where only complete dependence on him can keep me from falling off and sinking down.  I am out where the Waters of God are over my head….and I love it!


1 Response to “Too Deep to Swim Back!”

  1. 1 Eddie Williams
    March 18, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Someone just read this blog and asked, “Can I join you?” That is beautiful! That is just what the Holy Spirit wants to hear. As I suspected, He is towing many others out into the deep unfathomable, mysterious Waters of God. Ever see an inner tube train, floating down a river behind the Leader/Guide? What a beautiful image of the Church. Come on in! The Water is fine!

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