For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, not things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39).
As I pondered depth, this verse continued to speak to me. The word depth here is bathos meaning depth and height. It is not just deep or high, but extreme. Mysteriously deep. The Mariana Trench is the deepest known trench in the ocean at 36,070 feet below sea level (Geology.com). Now imagine moving Mt. Everest into the Mariana trench. Mt. Everest rises a phenomenal height of 29,029 feet above sea level. Think about it for a moment, the peak of Mt. Everest would be under over a mile of water. Now that’s deep!
There is nothing I can do to separate myself from the love of God.
I realize I cannot survive at the bottom of the Mariana Trench any more than I could survive at the top of Mt. Everest. But if I could, I would not be separated from the love of God. Pondering this is too much for my simple mind to wrap itelf around. It’s easy to separate myself from the love of my family or friends.
I must be honest, I do walk away from God. I try and distance myself from Him. The strange part, I come back and He just picks up where we left off. It’s like an old friend I haven’t seen in a while and we start right where we left off, like no time has passed. God is infinitely patient and simply waits for me to seek Him again.
I can sink to the depths of despair and He is there. I can fly on the wings of eagles and He is there. The whole point is whether or not I am paying attention to Him and seeking His leading. His infinite patience waits for my heart to seek him instead of hiding. What keeps me hiding? Fear I think most of all. Fear of the uncertainty of my walk with Him. Where is He going to lead? What is He going to ask of me? Am I really willing to do anything He wants me to do? On second thought, maybe its really not fear, but doubt about my abilities.
God does not doubt my abilities. He calls me to do what He wants me to do and equips me to fullfill His calling. I am definitely a work in progress. Learning how to trust Him. In spite of all my doubts, He always comes through! Imagine that..I mean, He IS God! I can count on Him to be faithful to His Word. I can trust His Word.