Sunday, March 30, 2008

Getting in Deep

I was thinking this morning about our attitudes to the Light of Christ within us and our willingness to trust in it, and I imagined a swimming pool in which the water represents God.

Some people like the pool area, maybe like the people who swim there, but aren't willing to jump in. They just sit in the chairs around the pool, and talk about the nature of the water.

Others, like me, get in the pool, but stay in the shallower areas where they are still standing on their own feet.

Where I wish to be, though, is the deep end, where I am no longer standing on my feet, but bouyed completely by the love of God.


  1. Oops, that wasn't quite clear. "Deep answers to deep" is from Psalm 42. The rest of the quote is Woolman using it in context in the Journal.

  2. Mmmm... I have heard another Friend use the image of water and "getting in deep" as it relates to moving together as a corporate body.

    The example the Friend used was that it is a very different experience to charge the water as individuals and just dive in--or not!--as we ourselves want to...

    ...versus hanging out by the edge of the water with one another and encouraging one another to go into the water a little deeper over time, making sure we are watching out for each other...

    There was much more to it than that, but that was the gist. The image has helped me give more consideration to how I might slow myself down and help "bring others along" so that we all might arrive at the destination without having left anyone behind.

    Liz Opp, The Good Raised Up