“Take the boat into deep water, and lower your nets to catch some fish.” Luke 5:4 (GW)
I am not a great swimmer. In fact, to some I may not be even considered a swimmer at all. What I know about not sinking is what I taught myself. I was always too afraid to trust anyone to teach me how to swim. So I did my learning in the shallow waters and I have moved from the shore somewhat, but never so deep that my feet cannot touch the ground, with my head above water. I am six feet tall, so that is pretty deep…for me. As of right now, even with a life vest, you will not get me to swim beyond my height level, and I am okay with that.
While this is a safe enough principle in the natural, in our spiritual practice and in the pursuit of our purpose, limiting how deep we venture to our own height, demonstrates a lack of trust. Faith is going deeper than our comfort level despite the fear of losing your footing on familiar ground. In the Hall of Faith (Hebrews 11), we see examples only of those who went far beyond their limits, their knowledge or outside of the buoys that warned of deep waters and unsure footing. Expect discovery in the depths of our savior’s love. It is in these uncharted waters that we experience beauty beyond the blue-hued days and find that the horizon doesn’t end where our eyes can see from the safety of shore.
I have learned that the knowledge of Yahweh is so deep and wide that my limitations are literally a drop in the bucket of the vast expanse of who He Is; so using my own experience and knowledge as the standard of measurement will keep me shallow and an amateur, flailing around by the shore of where I met Him, year after year. In our spiritual walk we must go into the deep, and trust the ability of Him who calls us there, to enlighten us and to teach us things we did not know. In the deep, we learn to gain faith through the discovery of His works and marvel at His awesome love as we are guided by the wind of His Spirit while charting new territory.
Journal/Prayer: Dear Father, even though going deeper sometimes scares and intimidates me, I realize that you want to take me beyond the limits I have placed on myself and on You. Help me to lose myself in the depths of knowing you, because only then will I uncap the limitless power and authority given to me to carry out my purpose in living, loving and serving.
Today, I commit to going beyond the boundaries of my own limits and step into the unexplored territory I have been dreaming of, by His grace and guidance, and at His command, I will find success.
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Based on Luke 5:1-11 (see series Introduction)