Friday, February 8, 2008

Depth Diving

He reveals deep and hidden things;
he knows what is in the darkness,
and the light dwells with him

Daniel 2:22

Five miles down, in the ocean depths, lives a fish that nobody has ever seen. Because it lives in an environment completely devoid of light, as far as scientists are able to discover, it is a species that has no need for eyes. Eyes, after all, are only necessary for the purpose of taking in light.

There is, for many of us, a memory of the darkest day of my life. It is a moment when light was completely sucked out of your environment and eyes were no longer useful. Immobilized you had no sense of how to move forward. The darkness robbed you of your sense of place.

Unfortunately, an honest journey through the Lenten season can match this darkness. Here is a season that encourages individuals to go inward allowing the light that dwells with Him to reveal the deep and hidden things that live in the five mile depths of our souls. Our response to the revelation is repentance, literally meaning, turning and going in the other direction. What else could be our response when Light shines on the things that live without light?

Forty days of stumbling around in the dark, frequently startled by Light shining on what we need to turn away from doesn’t sound very appealing. But, unlike the deepest dwelling fish, at least there is some light. And, when we consciously turn to go in the other direction, our eyes will take in such quantities of light that we will discover we are bottom dwellers no longer.

Jesus, I’m not looking forward
to traveling down to the depths.
But, I do want to see what it is
you will show me and turn away
from all that hinders me from living
completely in the Light.

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