After another 1,750 feet, it was up to my waist. Then he measured another 1,750 feet, and the river was too deep to walk across. Ezekiel 37:4-5 NLT
I fear getting into the deep waters and have every reason to.
When I was nine years old, someone in the church my dad pastored invited us to go swimming. Two of my friends asked me to hop on their innertube. I was okay while we wobbled around in the shallow end. Then they decided to go into the deep water.
As the innertube moved toward the deep end, fear took over.
I held tightly to the edge of the pool. Finally, the innertube left and my body
stayed—but underwater. When it appeared the end was almost near, one of my
friends suddenly propelled my body to the surface. I never learned to swim, and
at my age, I don’t plan to.
God gave Ezekiel a vision of a river flowing from the Temple
of God. As it cascaded downward, it got deeper. Lush vegetation lined the
banks. The river symbolizes the life God gave but also the blessings flowing
from his throne.
Walking or swimming in God’s river is my choice. When I
trusted Christ as my Savior, I stepped into the river—the shallow part . . . the
portion I could walk across without fearing. Then, as I grew in my faith, I moved
into the deep waters. Waters I could drown in. Waters I had to rely on someone
else to help me out of if I went under.
I can stay in the shallow waters during my entire Christian experience if I choose. But God wants me to venture out into the deep waters of serving and trusting him completely with every detail of my life.
My faith is tested, tried, and refined in the deep waters
through severe trials, hindering hardships, and torturing temptations. Yet, along
the banks of deep-water living are found the luscious foods that nurture my
soul into a deeper spiritual relationship. Vegetation that increases my love
for God and others. Vegetation that satisfies regardless of my situation in
How deep are the waters in which you are treading?
Prayer: Father, lead us into the deep waters of total
commitment to You.
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