The Alecton attempts to capture a giant squid off Tenerife in 1861. Illustration from Harper Lee’s Sea Monsters Unmasked, London, 1884. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The luminous ball floated in the depths of the ocean surrounded by the darkness of the deep while the scientists sat in suspense in the comfortably lit room of the boat floating above the surface under the sunshine sky. They were glued to the computer monitor that received the pictures from the camera that floated just a few feet from the luminous ball. As they sat anticipating the visit of the deep sea creature every marine biologist has waited to see for ages, all of a sudden appeared some tentacles that wrapped around the ball. The scientists, three men and a woman, all gasped in surprise and joy. Could this be the one they’ve been waiting for?
The tentacles slowly uncurled its grasped and disappeared.
Disappointment hardly had time to settle in when to the left corner of the monitor an object appeared and increased in size the closer it got to the screen. Speeding forth almost like a torpedo, the tip burst open to show the suction cups on the tentacles. This was confirmation of all the scientists hopes! It was the elusive giant squid, and they captured it live on camera in its natural habitat for the first time EVER.
This massive creature once had only been seen dead washed ashore in pieces or a full size carcass until about 2004 when the first pictures were taken of the creature alive. Legend of the kraken as been around for centuries wherein tales have been told of the monster sinking ships and devouring islands. The giant squid, says the legend, can grow to be as big as a two story house with eyes as big as plates. That might be a little exaggerated.
This story came out earlier this year and I was captivated by it. I sat and watched the video and felt the same excitement and anticipation the scientists felt on that day, but probably not on the same scale as they did. How remarkable to see this giant creature for the first time!
But something the lady scientist said really intrigued me as she was being interviewed after their great expedition. Edith Widder said we have only explored about 5% of the ocean’s deep. Only 5%! Talk about only scratching the surface! Wow!!!!
How deep is the ocean? How wide??
Here’s another question: How deep is God? How much of Him have we discovered and explored?
My estimation, only 2%.
Once we get saved many of us are content to stay around close to the shore line and splash in the water. We take little notice of the vastness of the ocean.
Some of us may wade in a little deeper up to our knees or even to our chests but we don’t go further because it would require more of us. Not only that, but it would mean we would no longer have the comfort of the ground beneath us. Being out in the middle of the ocean without the security and comfort of the ground is scary. Gives one a sense of loss of control. At least it does me. Being out in the middle of the ocean with no life preserver or floatation device is one of my nightmares. A feeling of total helplessness overcomes me.
ocean (Photo credit: Stephen Edgar – Netweb)
But we miss out on an adventure of diving deep into the very being of God!
Did you know you are as close to God as you want to be?
Draw near to God, and God will draw near to you. James 4:8
It is your choice. You can stay on the shore line or close to it if you want, or you can swim deeper and discover more of God than you ever imagined.
How do you go deeper? How do you swim out into the ocean’s deep and experience the depths of God?
I’ve been rereading Rick Warren‘s book The Purpose Driven Life for Sunday School, and in chapter 12, he talks about developing your friendship with God and I think in it we can see the way. He describes some of the ways in which we dive deeper in our relationship with God by saying, “If you want a deeper, more intimate connection with God you must honestly share your feelings with him, trust him when he asks you to do something, learn to care about what he cares about, and desire his friendship more than anything else.”
We can stay safe by the shore or we can go deeper. It is our choice. God’s desire is for us to go to deeper. He knows the joy we will find in this expedition when we discover more of His depths. Hear Him calling out your name, inviting you to explore Him,
“Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away.” Song of Solomon 2:13b
The Christian group Audio Adrenaline’s new song, Believer has been in my head when I wake up in the mornings. The beginning verse says, “I wanna live this life unsafe, unsure, but not afraid/ What I want is to give all I got somehow/ Giving up letting go of control right now/…Take me to the ocean/ I wanna go deeper/ I’m not afraid, no, I’m a believer.”
You can be content with where you are with God now and not go any further. You can be content with how close you are now, but there is more. So much more! We’ve only scratched the surface of His ocean.
May God awaken in our hearts a desire to explore more of Him. Ask Him to show you more. Ask Him to take you deeper into His ocean and allow His Spirit to lead you.
“Call to me and I will answer you, and tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” Jeremiah 33:3
The Father is calling you deeper.