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Headed into the Deep End

I’m rather short. About five feet short, which means that I have to stay near the shallow end of the pool. Did I mention, I can’t swim? So, yeah, that shallow end and I are good friends.

A couple of summers ago, my 2 girls and I were regulars at our local pool. My eldest daughter was about five inches taller than me, so to stand in the five foot was not a problem for her. I was stuck floundering at the four-something foot with my chin held real high and toes hanging onto the bottom for dear life. My first instinct when I’m in water to deep for me is to lift my chin, raise my arms and begin kicking to stay afloat. Inevitably, the moving water lifts me and carries me further out where my feet couldn’t touch bottom for nothing. And, y’all, nothing scares me more.

Sometimes, our spiritual walk with Christ is like that. I am reminded of Peter. He asked the lord if he could walk with Him. Sure enough, that water was way over Peter’s head, but yet, he trusted the Lord. Of course, he got distracted by the waves and wind, began to sink and cried out for the Lord to save him. The Lord did, and Peter managed to walk back to the boat on the water and climb in.

A song we used to sing in the choir at church says, “Step into the water. Wade out a little bit deeper.”

Wade out deeper? What? You want me to go to the more dangerous parts where I might lose touch with the bottom?

Stick with me, y’all; I’m a singer.

This morning I listened to a song that I’d like to share.

Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)

Hillsong United

You call me out upon the waters

The great unknown where feet may fail

And there I find You in the mystery

In oceans deep

My faith will stand

And I will call upon Your name

And keep my eyes above the waves

When oceans rise, my soul will rest in Your embrace

For I am Yours and You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters

Your sovereign hand

Will be my guide

Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me

You’ve never failed and You won’t start now

So I will call upon Your name

And keep my eyes above the waves

When oceans rise, my soul will rest in Your embrace

For I am Yours and You are mine

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders

Let me walk upon the waters

Wherever You would call me

Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander

And my faith will be made stronger

In the presence of my Savior

So, I guess the Lord is calling us to step out into the great unknown, that deeper end of the pool, that place where we couldn’t stand on our own, even if we wanted to. Because, if we let go of our own strength, stop planting our feet firmly on earth, then and maybe only then can we truly know how it feels to know Him.

I’ll leave you with some Scripture.

Philippians 3:8-10 KJV

Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,

And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

Stay cool out there, y’all. Drop me a comment below. I’d love to hear from you.

Blessings.

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