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September 14, 2007
Vol. 49 No. 2

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The Chaplain's Corner

The Chaplain's Corner

A few years ago, scuba diving off the coast of North Carolina, I had my worst experience in -- or more precisely on-- the water. The boat trip from Wilmington to the dive site took more than two hours, and the whole time, the little boat pitched, rolled and yawed over 8 to 10 foot swells in what seafarers call a "confused sea." I'll spare you the details; let's just say that the fish enjoyed my breakfast more than I did.

I thought to myself: "Great. Not only am I as sick as a sea dog, but I've made this awful trip for nothing. I can't stick a regulator in my mouth and make the dive, which means I am going to have to sit in this rocking boat for another hour or more while everyone else enjoys their bottom time. Swell-- in both senses of the term."

The dive master said: "No, making the dive is exactly what you need to do. When you get beneath the surface, your nausea will stop. You'll be better off at depth than you will be on the surface." I wasn't so sure, but I definitely wanted to believe him. So I made the dive, and he was right: at 15 feet of depth, the sickness stopped. At 70 feet, it was but a memory.

The dive master's words to me are words I commend to you: Go for some depth. Don't settle for living on the surface, for the shallow or the superficial, intellectually or spiritually. It'll make you sick. God wants to use this time of your life to deepen your heart and soul, as well as expand your mind. The riches and wisdom of God are unfathomable, and they yield their meaning to those who are willing to dive more deeply into them.

Venture, my friends, beyond the shallows.

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