The Deep is calling your name. I’m not talking about the 1977 underwater adventure film. Rather, I’m talking about an underwater spiritual adventure with God. He’s calling His children to swim out into deeper waters. He’ll meet you there and show you mysterious and beautiful treasures you haven’t seen before. But you’ll have to leave the comfortable, shallow water and tread out. Further. Deeper. Explore. Trust.
Those who don’t explore are like children and less adventurous adults who splash around and play on the shore. Colorful Frisbees fly through the air and into hands, occasionally skimming the water’s surface. Excitement, fun, laughter lie within the borders of safety.
While the shore might be fun, outside the shore’s safety awaits a world of beauty. Divers who take time to learn scuba skills can float effortlessly at the bottom of the sea and gain a different perspective than those who stay at the shore.
In the depths of the deep blue, in solitude and silence, the darkness is brightened by neon yellow angel fish and orange clown fish. They swim around and beneath you, into the swaying coral. Joy, peace and awe flood your spirit. All is well with your soul. You realize there’s more to life than what the world offers.
When I was a child learning how to swim, the instructor kept me in the shallow end of the pool until I learned basic swim skills. Casually, she led me out to the deep end. I was afraid, but I swam out to meet her because I trusted her. She had my best interest at heart, and I believed she would save me if I was in danger.
It is not much different on our Christian journey. Our swim instructor, The Holy Spirit, comforts, teaches, and guides us into all truth. Playing in shallow water is fun and necessary as the first step to learning to get comfortable in our new-found relationship with Jesus.
But He stands in deep water beckoning us to swim to Him. Father God stands by His side. He is ready to provide for us and protect us from any immediate threat. He unveils more truth and beauty the deeper you dive. The Lord is saying, “Call to me and I will answer and reveal to you wondrous secrets that you haven’t known” (Jer.33:3).
Here are 3 simple steps to go deeper with God.
- Desire more of God. Don’t be content with the status quo. The more you seek God, the more you know God. The more you know God, the more you seek God. The spiritually hungry never get full; they get hungrier. Nothing compares to knowing Him. “Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides You” (Psalms 73:25 MEV).
- Draw near to God. And He will draw near to you (James 4:8). Jesus is singing, “Darling, if you want me to be closer to you, get closer to me.” Do something every day that makes you feel closer to God. Take a long stroll in the park. Contemplate His goodness. Converse with Him. Expect. Journal.
- Dive Deep. Don’t remain in a casual relationship with the Lord. But “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalms 37:4 NIV). When we open ourselves up to experiencing God in new ways, we mature in our faith and find enjoyment and rest. Do something you haven’t done before like dancing, drawing or painting while you worship the one you adore. He’s bound to whisper wondrous secrets and unbury beautiful treasures. How exciting!
Going deeper is about intimacy with the one who made you and breathed life into you. Take the plunge, cool off and allow His Spirit to saturate you. Then emerge from the water refreshed and fully alive.