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Deep and Wide . . .

Deep and Wide . . .


The scene was beautiful.  The deep blue sea met the clear blue sky at the horizon.  Gentle waves rocked along as the tide moved in and back out.  Near the shore the waves fell over each other running up to kiss the white sand and then scramble back.  So inviting.  Come join in!


But the sea can be dangerous and frightening even when it looks inviting.  One only needs to get slapped by a cresting wave to be alarmed at the weight of water it carries.  I am reading a book1 about a college student sailing a 35-foot sloop across the Atlantic Ocean with an experienced sailor and a teenager.  The student lived in England and was experienced in sailing around the channel and beyond but never on the open ocean. Once they reached the "real ocean" where the seabed plunged from a few hundred feet in depth to ten or twenty thousand feet, he felt it "disconcerting to know that we were suspended over several vertical miles of water, kept afloat only by an inch or two of wood."


The world around us is an ocean of hidden chaos.  And while it can look inviting, 




"Where the deep blue sea met the clear blue sky at the horizon."

Photo credit: Ray Newbold    

caution is always required.  Sin can dress up and present itself as innocent when in fact, it is merciless.  But Christians have the whole armor of God (see Ephesians 6:10-17) and the love of Christ that will protect us in any dimension that we might encounter.  Our circumstance may seem as perilous as a ship's thin hull, but between us and danger is the love of Christ.


"And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ." Ephesians 3:17b-18 (NIV)



1Sextant by David Barrie. 2014.  HarperCollins Publishers


Ray Newbold


Professor of Forestry, (Ret.), Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana

Writer, OPEN WINDOWS; Deacon--FBC, Ruston; Mission Work: Mexico


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