They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; these see the works of the Lord, and His wonders in the deep. Psalms 107:23-14 KJV
As I begin this week, I can't help but remember that dream in March 2013, and see that frightened Jesus girl standing in that doorway with white knuckles desperately holding to the door's frame. I heard the voice of God that night telling me to jump, and I told Him no because I was terrified of free falling. Oh what that girl has learned since then.
He has taught me to jump. Much like a small child in a pool, He taught me to jump and have Him catch me in midair before I ever hit the water. After awhile He taught me to jump and didn't catch me until I had broken the surface of the water. Eventually I learned to jump from the high dive knowing all the time that He was waiting below to catch me.
I have now learned how to dive in deeper waters. He no longer leads me to the clear clean waters of the pool, but now He takes me to the pier and teaches me to jump into the murky waters of the deep. He has taught me to leave the shoreline, although still in sight, and swim among the depths where the sharks sometime abide. He has shown me the reefs and the beauty found only in deep water.
This week I will leave the shore behind completely and travel where there is no land in sight. I will learn to sail into uncharted waters with other boats whose sails have brought them to the deep. This week when He calls to me to jump it will be different. That Jesus girl isn't afraid anymore. She has learned to jump without fear into the darkest depths. She has found Him who created the deep to be faithful. This week when He beckons her to jump, she will not only jump, but dive. In teaching her to jump without fear of free falling, He also taught her to fall freely in love in Him, and perfect Love casts out all fear.. Oh how much that Jesus girl has learned, and this is only the beginning.