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April 17, 2013
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Fall From Grace
April 17, 2013
Every Knee Shall Bow And Confess
April 19, 2013

The Deep End

diving into deep pool water-wideIn the next few days we’ll look at some ways we can grow deeper in our knowledge and understanding of who our God is and what He’s already provided for us. Let’s wet our appetite for more of Him by diving in…

I can see it in my mind’s eye right now. Nervously climbing the ladder of the high dive while some of my Jr. High school church friends followed behind me…I should preface this by saying that I really wasn’t much of a swimmer. I didn’t dive because it scared me to even think about going into the water face first. In my elementary school days I could doggie paddle well enough to stay afloat. I never took swimming lessons because I didn’t like getting water in my nose; alas, the nose plug…Why was I about to dive off the high dive? The deep end looked awfully deep.

I took a deep breath even in spite of my heart pounding like a jack-hammer. Everyone was waiting on me. I stood there another few seconds and then gathering all the courage I could muster up I jumped off the diving board desperately praying that I wouldn’t die. My feet touched the bottom of the deep end and pushing against the bottom I rapidly rose to the top. I was free and clear of the water and “swam” to the side of the pool eagerly grabbing the edge. I had just jumped into the deep end of the swimming pool and survived. It was refreshing, exhilarating, and I discovered it wasn’t quite so scary after all. But that was enough for one day, and I knew there would be other times of diving-board jumps into the deep end of swimming pools.

Sometimes the deep end is scary. The unknown makes us nervous. Stepping out in faith may seem like stepping out on a small tree branch. Confidence is lacking at times when we head into previously unknown territory, especially in our faith walk. Learning and growth comes when we continue moving forward, not stagnated in our faith.

I’m reminded of Steven Curtis Chapman’s song I’m Diving In as he shares about stepping into greater and deeper spiritual dimensions of faith:

So here I go, I’m diving in I’m going deep; In over my head
I wanna be
Caught in the rush, Lost in the flow; In over my head I wanna go.
The river’s deep, The river’s wide.
The river’s water is alive,
So sink or swim I’m diving in. I’m diving in.

Are you ready for a deeper faith? You might not be able to see the bottom of the deep end just yet, but are you willing to step out beyond your comfort zone and stretch your faith? God will easily guide you into the depths of His love and He is always there, right beside you. If you’re ready to experience God’s immeasurable grace and presence flowing over you and through you, then get ready to go deeper with Jesus. In the next few days we’ll be looking at ways we can grow deeper in our faith, so let’s wet our appetite for more of Him.