My friend, may I ask you a question? Does life as a Christian have much to do with deep philosophies and mysterious issues? Or, are we straining at life’s deep underpinnings when the shallows may hold its truest meaning?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
Holly and I love going to Lake Superior at least once a year. We’ve never really had the resources to travel to the oceans, so Superior always seems like the next best, big body of water around. In fact, it really is. Superior is one of the largest bodies of freshwater in the world. It’s also one of the deepest. You could take all the water of the other four Great Lakes combined and not equal the capacity of Lake Superior. And, because of its great depths of over 1,000 feet deep in places, there are stretches of the lake bottom that have never been explored. The immense size and depth of Lake Superior has often lended itself to mystery and superstition as well. Native Americans believed that the lake harbored evil spirits. Mariners on the lake knew its mysteries as well, as the many shipwrecks at the bottom of the lake bear testimony to its long history of sudden storms and violent weather. But there is something intriguing about the lake that can’t be overlooked, quite in opposition to its darker stories and deeper reputation. Lake Superior has some of the most beautiful, shallow beaches around. The fact is, that although the lake is certainly famous for its depths, it’s also characteristically beloved for its hundred of miles of beautiful, rock-carved and shallow shorelines.
When you visit the lake and camp at one of its many parks, you’re most often greeted by sand, shore and shallows. In fact, that’s what draws people. The depths of the lake may be mysterious, but they aren’t often visited. Deep can be intriguing but, at least in this case, shallow is far more inviting. My friend, life as a Christian is really no different. Why do we strain at its depths when the shallows may hold its truest meaning?
Oswald Chambers writes: “The shallow amenities of life, eating and drinking, walking and talking, are all ordained by God. These are the things in which Our Lord lived. He lived in them as the Son of God, and He said that ‘the disciple is not above his Master.’ Our safeguard is in the shallow things. We have to live the surface commonsense life in a commonsense way; when the deeper things come, God gives them to us apart from the shallow concerns. Never show the deeps to anyone but God. We are so abominably serious, so desperately interested in our own characters, that we refuse to behave like Christians in the shallow concerns of life.”
1 Corinthians 10:31 states. “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” Here the Apostle Paul is talking about the simple and, you can accurately call them, shallow things in life. Eating, drinking and just plain living your life in simplicity and goodness have little or nothing to do with the great, subjective controversies that have heaved at the Christian church for centuries. There will always be deep thinkers that search the depths of Scriptures for its deeper and more mysterious meaning. God has ordained it so. However, he does not draw us to the beautiful panorama of his grace and mercy by the depths of how he has done it. No, he draws us by the shallow things of life that speak of his grace in warm and inviting ways. It’s the shoreline of his love where we vacation as sinners. These shallows are all about him and not us. That’s the nature of shallows. We can see to the bottom without effort of our own to do much searching.
We pray. Heavenly Father, while you are a God of the deepest mystery and greatest power, may we never be tempted to make understanding this our Christian goal. Forgive us when we do not see your love and goodness in the simple things of life that you have blessed us with. May we be reminded daily that life is all about searching the shallows wherein your mercies lie. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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