Feeling Out of Your Element? You Are!

Deep-sea creatures are fascinating – from a distance.

I’m a raging claustrophobic so I’d never make it into a submarine but I wish I could overcome that fear so I could observe giant squid, octopi or lantern fish in their own habitat. We have a lot in common.

Creatures that dwell in the deep sea are perfectly designed to survive in their surroundings. (Like us, when we become new creatures in Christ.)
They have large eyes especially designed to see in dark, lightless depths. (So, too, do followers of Jesus have eyes designed to see in dark, lightless places. Like Father Damien, a priest who volunteered to work, and eventually to die, on the Kalaupapa leper colony in Hawaii. He did not see disease, he saw human beings who craved the loving touch of God.)

Deep-sea dwellers are designed to glow in the dark – they have their own inner light that shines in the depths where no sunlight penetrates. (So, shines the light of Jesus-lovers. Reminds me of Corrie ten Boom, a Dutch Christian who hid Jews from the Nazis, was eventually captured and imprisoned with her sister in a concentration camp (Ravensbruck), but was able to shine the light of Christ even there. Her sister, Betsy, died at Ravensbruck but not before she told Corrie, “There is no pit so deep that God’s love is not deeper still.)

Sea creatures are beautiful and graceful when they are in their element. They were designed to live surrounded by saltwater – deep water that exerts immense pressure and helps to give these creatures their form and flow. (Followers of Christ are meant to abide in Him, our living water, and when we do follow Him into the deep heart of God we experience immense pressure but then we find our actual form and flow. We cease to flop about on the surface or deflate and rot on the shore gasping to breathe air we are not equipped to utilize.)

Feeling out of your element? You are. You were meant to dive deep, to travel deep, to dwell deep – salt, water, light, it’s in your re-born DNA.

You can handle the pressure. It will shape you and free you. You were designed to breathe water – living water. Dive into the heart of God.

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

This is a repost of a blog I wrote over 18 months ago. If you are aware what’s going on in my life this week, you’ll understand what brought it to mind. God felt it was a lesson worth returning to so I thought I’d bring you along on the same spiral journey!

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  1. Wow…that was an amazingly beautiful post!!! I really do love your writing! You have a beautiful gift of communicating the deep heart of God. This post reminds me of why I love diamonds so much…they are formed in the dark, under pressure, far from the surface of the earth. And yet they are rare, priceless gems when they have been transformed from a lump of coal. I can’t state it as eloquently as you have…but you know what I mean. 😉 Whatever you are going through, God is faithful and will see you through. Blessings!

  2. Karin says:

    What Mining for Diamonds said – word for word! God bless!

  3. Yes, we can handle the deep pressure as long as we keep our eyes on the gauges and not panic in the ascent. Praying for house and home and great surprises for you deep sea diver.

  4. Yvonne Blake says:

    ((hugs)) I don’t know all that is going on in your life, but you are a sister-in-the-Lord.
    This is a beautiful and wonderful post. Thank you for sharing it.