You know me... I'm all about the deep end. The shallow end - it's a little boring, hard to swim, if you dive in you crack your nose on the bottom. No thanks... I'll stay out here, where the water bouys me up.
Relationally, I tend to stay in the deep end as well and I love to try and draw people into these depths with me. It doesn't always work though and sometimes I have to come in a little (or a lot).
But what about spiritually? How deep do I go? How much control do I give over to those waters?
"As the man went eastward with a measuring line in his hand, he measureed off a thousand cubits and then led me through water that was ankle deep. He measured off another thousand cubits and led me through water that was knee-deep. He measured off another thousand and led me through water that was up to my waist. He measured another thousand, but now it was a river that I could not cross, because the water had risen and was deep enough to swim in - a river that no one could cross...He said to me, 'This water flows toward the eastern region...When it empties into the Sea, the water there becomes fresh. Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows."
In the shallow end, we control our movements. Our feet touch and we can cross from onw side to other without a problem. We can stand and hold our ground against the current of the river. We feel safe. We think to ourselves "I'm in the river - that's what really matters." But does it?
Will you stop at ankle deep waters and set your fishing pole up there? How about knee-deep? Is that plenty far enough?
I want to be in the place where the river is too deep to cross on my own two legs. Where standing on the shore is no fun. To be buoyed up completely by God and allow the current of this river to take me where it wills. To be emptied out into the Sea and bring fresh water with me.
Maybe you have a sea of something in your life that is a bit salty or stagnant. Do you want to bring fresh life to it?
Don't settle for ankle deep waters. Let's splash around in the deep end.