«Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord» (Romans 8:39, NIV).
I love maps. The one I keep next to my bed has well defined topography in different colors. In this case, dark blue indicates the deepest areas. And the darkest blue of all is found on the Mariana Islands, specifically at the southern end. The Challenger Deep is the deepest point that has been measured in the oceans.
James Cameron, the renowned film director, went down on the Deepsea Challenger to a depth of 35,756 feet. And thus became the first person to dive alone to the deepest point of the earth.
But actually, over two thousand years ago, my favorite «film director» went much lower than that, and He also did it alone and with a challenge. He didn’t do it to beat records, but to change all our stories; the personal ones, those that are sometimes not written in history books and don’t appear on the news. However, because of Him, our stories can be written down in the most important book of all: the book of life.
Man has reached the summit of Mount Everest and also the depth of Challenger. But Jesus humbled Himself down to the dust and ascended to heaven. There are no greater limits than the ones He went through for us.
Maybe you see people around you celebrating human accomplishments and forgetting the One who freed us and will return for us. Maybe you see that your efforts to do good sometimes go by unnoticed. Maybe it seems God is too far away to approach Him. But don ‘t forget that depths are relative for Him.
May you not focus so much on the depth of the sin we’re immersed in, but rather grasp the depth of His love.
May you go from the depths to the summit today. May He be the One to mark the difference. May you allow Him to show you how close He is.
The thing is that «neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord» (Romans 8:39, NIV).