I’m a Believer

…blessed is she that believed… -Luke 1:45

Oh, The Depth of the Riches… February 18, 2009

I haven’t been writing much lately (as you can tell), but I have been studying in preparation for upcoming ministry opportunities.  In looking back over old beach retreat information, I found something I had written after one of our ladies’ retreats.   I thought I’d post it here.

May, 2007

bw-beach-girls3Imagine standing at the edge of the seashore with our toes barely at the surf line, occasionally the waves reach out and touch us, lapping at our feet. Sometimes we take this touch as an invitation, and wade deeper; sometimes it makes us run backwards, depending on our desire to get wet. Often, we have stood at the edge of God with our toes (and our hearts) barely at the edge of what He has for us. Occasionally He will come closer to us than He has been, and we find ourselves ankle deep. To some of us this is thrilling, to others of us, frightening . Sometimes we wade deeper into Him, sometimes we retreat, because we are just not ready to get that wet, to be fully immersed.

We stand as sisters, united through Jesus Christ, yet all separate people. Some older, some younger, both physically and spiritually, all wanting to go in the same direction, but not knowing exactly what is out there, beneath the visible surface. Some of us are looking forward, towards the unknown vastness of what God has for us, some looking back at the footprints of where we have been, all of us at the edge of possibility in God.

As we stand at the edge of the seashore, it seems as if we are touching eternity. These same sands and waters have been here since “God created,” and have touched the feet of countless souls. The ocean is so much like God-much more vast and powerful than we can ever imagine. All we can experience with our mortal bodies is the surface. When we, through faith, allow God to be our sustainer, we are carried up over the tops of the waves, into the midst of deeper love and trust. The ocean is always moving, never standing still, changing the shoreline and nearly everything it comes into contact with, but it is always the ocean. So God is-eternal and unchanging, yet infinite and never standing still. Once you have been touched by God, your shoreline will be changed, and your rough edges washed away.

And so we stand at the edge, dressed in His righteousness, ready to go forward, linked up with our sisters. As we hold hands and proceed forward we are able to help our sisters overcome when the waves get big, to go back and pick them up when they get knocked down, to bring them forward when they fall behind, to laugh together as we triumphantly make it over the top of another wave, and to encourage each other to go deeper.

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! ~Romans 11:33

I’m a Believer!

Laura

For more on the deep things of God, visit my husband’s blog at  www.swimthedeepend.wordpress.com.

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10 Responses to “Oh, The Depth of the Riches…”

  1. Wow. It’s like John Bunyan came back and got himself a blog. Simply amazing.

  2. Rena Gunther Says:

    Laura,
    This is so beautiful. It brought tears to my eyes.

    Oh you know how much I love the ocean! Can I tell you that this is hitting home to me? It’s kinda’ interesting…as much as I love the ocean, its beauty, its sounds, its power. Such a reflection of God it is tome. Yet, I am not one who dives in cold water or runs with abandon into the crashing waves of the ocean.

    This analogy literally jumped off the screen for me. Isn’t God awesome? I am amazed again at how His revelations are shown so intimately to the individual believer, yet collectively to His Body.

    I’m sure you know the song that I have been singing over and over all this week. Your post is confirming much of what He is speaking to me….

    “When the oceans rise and the thunders roar,
    I will soar with you above the storm.
    Father, You are King over the flood.
    I will be still, and know You are God.”

    And now the tears are flowing again….
    Thank you so much for posting. I hope you know how much He is using you.

    Many blessing to you, my friend!

    P.S. This picture makes me want to cry as well! I am longing for the ocean. I suppose I need to embrace it spiritually speaking. And perhaps one day soon, I, too, will be standing on the shore with my girls. And maybe we’ll look as beautiful as you all do in this picture. It is truly breathtaking, Laura. Keep posting, Sister!

    Much love,
    Rena

    P.P.S. I’m going to make a point to visit Bernard’s blog now!

  3. ginger Says:

    What a blessing as we dive in together.

    Cont. posting as you hear His voice. He is speaking so softly with each breath of the ocean. How wonderful and unique is His word through you.

    You are indeed a blessing to all who pass by.

    Ginger

  4. Laura Says:

    Thanks Rena & Gin for stopping by… you’re my faithful bloggy (and realworld) friends. 🙂 You never cease to be an encouragement to me.
    Much love!
    Laura

  5. Mrs. Q Says:

    This was beautiful! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving your little encouraging comment 🙂 Yes, I am weaning my last baby…sigh. I don’t really want to, and neither does she. BUT I have to SLEEP through the night! Gah! Otherwise I will be a walking zombie soon…

  6. Rachel Says:

    Hey Laura, I just got your email and I never got the first comment from you, so don’t worry – no offense here! I’d love to know what you have to say! 🙂

  7. princeparadox Says:

    You are sending out so much positive energy that my cup is overflowing.

  8. Lois Lane II Says:

    Laura, what a beautiful post! So inspiring and truthful!

  9. Laura Says:

    princeparadox – in the presence of God’s word, there is always abundance!

    Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Psalm 23:5

    Laura

  10. Mike Says:

    Just passing by.Btw, your website have great content!


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