When I was a kid in Southern California, every day in summertime was spent at the beach. I have great memories of the thousand island sauce dripping off grilled hamburgers from the burger shack, the salty smell to the air, the rhythmic roar of the waves, the sea gulls yacking and laying out on a warm towel in the after running in from the water, of warm sand between cold toes. My wise mother had all her children take the free-swimming lessons and we became good swimmers. One of the great things about growing up near the beach was learning to body surf. One learns pretty early not to try to go jump over the crashing waves, (and get pounded) but to dive under the waves, to go deep.
In Psalm 36 we read, “Your unfailing love, O Lord, is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the ocean depths.”
Some passages in life are very very difficult and the challenge cannot be adequately met with simply an optimistic attitude, a “chin up” approach or mere positive thinking. No, we desperately need to meet God in this place. We need to go deep.
Mrs. Cowman wrote in Streams in the Desert, “So with us our needs are to be met in the deep things of God. We are to launch out into the deep of God’s Word, which the Spirit can open up to us in such crystal fathomless meaning that the same words we have accepted in times past will have an ocean meaning in them, which renders their first meaning to us very shallow.
As we go deep into searching out Bible passages that speak to our hearts and go deep in prayer – sometimes with words, and often with tears we can find the peace and presence of the One who cares for us like no other. Mrs. Cowman writes, “Into the deep of the Holy Spirit, until He becomes a bright, marvelous answer to prayer, the most careful and tender guidance, the most thoughtful anticipation of our needs, the most accurate and supernatural shaping of our events.”
In the deep, under the waves, or with meeting with our Lord, we find that calm channel and the sunlight over head to give us guidance for our next strokes. As we hold our breaths with anticipation we can look forward to the breakthrough to come.