Splashing In The Shallows

"Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fuit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers." Psalm 1:1-3

        The word "blessed" in the scriptures is often times translated to mean happy. And if you take that definition and put it up against the background of Psalm 1, we can maybe see why we live in such a sad and unhappy world.  

There is no depth here

        We splash and play in the shallows as a culture. Standing ankle-deep in the vast ocean of God's creation we tip-toe through meaning and purpose, beauty and truth as if this mystery were far too large to ever understand or voyage into. When issues wash up on our banks like death, abortion, moral evil, suffering, injustice, or hope, we push them aside like a beach patrol's backhoe that scrapes away the icky debris so that we can snorkel among all of the pretty coral again. 

But if you stay in the shallows then you will live your life in the ebb and flow subject to seasons of smelly low-tide, or pleasant, but shallow, highs - never having the consistent current of the deep. 

Do you see it? Do you feel it? We trivialize everything. At the base of our nutritional pyramid sits entertainment. At the very top there sits a small sliver designated for meditation on deep issues with a note that says "use sparingly". 

Why do we do this? 

Do we stay away from the tough truths of the world because there are too many of them? I  open up the news app on my phone and cringe at the headlines about the murder of children or the tragic end to an escape plan by refugees, so I skip over them and watch the video of Apple releasing the new ipad instead. Icky sea-weed. Pretty coral. 

Do we hide behind the hum of the television to avoid conversations - even with our family? After all, we had a long day. We deserve to check out with some mindless activity for an hour or four. 

Do we wake up and roll over to check our email as we wipe the sleep from our eyes? The most important meal of the day isn't the helping of business that we have to attend to. 

Let's be people who venture into the deep. Let your sails unfurl and fill up with joy and trust as God navigates you through His deep and wide grace. There is much treasure to be found. 

How can we do this? 

"Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers." Psalm 1:1-3

       Leave the shallows where the sinful heart loves the ease of play. The supply ships of peace run aground and have a hard time reaching us there. 

Don't be afraid of the deep. Meditate on the word of God like a cartographer who carefully maps the course. He knows where to go even amongst the storms. 

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Austin