Dealing with shallowness

Intimacy (into me see) with the Almighty, the finite with the infinite – really? How can this be? Why would the Almighty want an intimate relationship with me? And, do I want one with him? Do I want such a relationship enough to work at it with all I’ve got? Am I ready to open the deep, secret places of my life? Am I ready to leave shallowness?

These are some of the thoughts I had when I first began my journey toward intimacy with my Lord. He was inviting me to go deeper leaving shallowness behind. The show had to stop!

There is nothing like depth to make us dissatisfied with superficial, shallow things. – Chuck Swindoll

I was on the Big Island of Hawaii when my journey began. With my Bible, journal and book, I found a picnic table next to the water and took my first step. Questions flooded into my mind:

2649951911_0b11dafee0_bWhy am I content with shallowness? Perhaps I don’t know there is something deeper. Perhaps I don’t know how to reach for depth. Perhaps I choose not to reach for it. Do I seek to be safe in the shallows rather than trust my Lord in the depths? The scalpel in the Holy Spirit’s hands began cut deeply into my heart.

I looked up to see a Hawaiian green sea turtle enjoying a tide pool area. The visual was clear – I was much like that turtle. Made to swim in the depths, I often chose the shallow tide pools.

So let’s keep focused on that goal (intimacy with Jesus), those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it.

Philippians 3:15-16

Once again, Lord, I ask you to free me from shallowness. Draw me to the depths with you. Free my mind from anything less than total commitment. Clear my vision. Help me to stay on track.

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