Afraid of the Deep
We often hear of people being afraid of the dark, especially children. As I have been pondering life in our country I think we have a fear of the deep. We dodge hard questions and deep thoughts, perhaps because those deep thoughts will require us to make a choice and to take action. Usually those deep thoughts have to do with things that are eternal. Thoughts like, what happens when I die? What is my purpose? Is there really a God? And while we think we can ignore the …uncomfortable thoughts, one day we will find out the answers to those questions and after a life time of ignoring God, and we will regret our dodging the very God that created us. That being said, I don’t think people generally are shallow rather I think when we ask honest hard questions of them, they feel vulnerable. Vulnerable like the Oroville Dam this past winter. You dislodge a few small portions and the whole thing begins to crumble. When we allow God to get involved in our lives He tends to dislodge things that are destructive …things like bitterness, an unforgiving spirit and hate. But when God dislodges those ways of coping it exposes the hurts that we have experienced. And when the hurts get exposed we have to feel. So rather than feel we pretend, dodge and play. The thing that I have noticed lately is that there is a whole generation of young teenagers that need adults that are willing to ask and answer hard questions with them. And while children might be afraid of the dark, they are not afraid of the deep. They challenge those of us that are older to be vulnerable and real and to explain the reason we stand firm in our faith. I challenge those of you that are older in the faith…go deep if not for yourself for the generation behind you.
“Then Jesus said, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest field.’” Matthew 9:37-38