So the last thing I want to do offend anyone. So if you are not into the Bible then please feel free to move on with my apologies.
Here is the verse: Psalm 42:7 (NIV)
7 Deep calls to deep
in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers
have swept over me.
It is a passage I have read often but have always struggled with the "deep calls to deep" part.
So here is a thought based on an experience I had few years ago.
Up until 1997 I lived in South Carolina. In 1995 a hurricane blew up the coast and left a ton of water in the mountains. Some of my buddies were amazing boaters and invited me for their quest for water. The quest brought us to what I feel is one of the jewels of South Eastern whitewater, the Linville Gorge http://www.americanwhitewater.org/rivers/id/1093/
. It was running at about 3 feet which meant we could easily do it in a day. A Couple of years before it was still considered a two day run as it is a 16 mile run with about 12 miles of class five.
Midway through the day one of the guys in our group dropped his boat. I was about 20 yards down stream as I saw it wash by. I ran to the bottom of rapid and hopped in my boat to chase after his boat.(wayyy stupid). I went off of a blind drop that I estimate was at least 8 feet tall. I did not carry much speed into it and did not get a good boof so when I resurfaced I had not made it past the boil line. It pulled me backwards into the green water which began my rodeo run. At first the phenomenon of back-endering end then being up right was kind of cool but it got old when I found that I had no control over it.
Needless to say I popped my skirt. It immediately pushed my under the surface. I came back up a few feet later, got a good breath of air, and was then pulled back into the green water. It forced me down again then allowed me back up. On my next recirc I remembered reading in a Nealy book that sometimes the best way out of a hole is through the bottom.
So when I came back up a gain I got a good breath of air and prepared to swim down. As it pushed me down I swam even deeper and then out. When I resurfaced I was past the boil line. I ended up in a spinning cauldron with my boat and paddle, seconds later a buddy joined me in the cauldron with his boat and paddle as well. Both of us swirled around with our gear until our team had finally found us and threw us a rope.
So here is my thought on the Bible passage. All of us have hard times at one point or another. My tendency is to let rationale be my guide and ignore the emotional side of things. I do this because either I donÂ’t have the energy or more often the courage that it takes to handle the emotional sides of a conflict. But then my heart calls for me to go deep. Going deep may simply look like just taking the time to contemplate the challenge and how it may be effecting you. Or it may involve prayer, talking with a friend, or even paying a counselor. It takes energy and courage to go deep but it may be the only way out. The alternatives are too do the following; numb, ignore, or fight, all of them lead to revisiting the issue over and over again in an unsafe and unhealthy matter.
Kind David (the author) was obviously not a boater and probably had little skills in water reading. Maybe he swam out to a waterfall or even jumped off of one and in the process discovered how deep they can be but I kind of doubt it. Regardless I do find my heart calling me to go deeper from time to time. When I do it is nearly always the best thing I could have done.
Once again I hope I have not offended anyone by this.
Grace and Peace,