Angie Smith, wife, mother and speaker for Women of Faith was at the beach with her family when God spoke these words to her heart, “You’ve been making sandcastles your whole life from the safety of the shore, but love is in the deep. You can’t follow me from the seashore you have to move away from what safe and step out into the deep”.
The shore and shallows are safe. You can stand there, feet firmly planted on ground, having conversations with others. You look good standing there on the shore; posing and taking pictures next to your glorious sandcastles with your children gathered around. From the shore you can maintain your cute ponytail and even avoid smudging your makeup. You can spend a lifetime there on the shore; in the sand, looking good, comfortable with where you stand. Never really learning to swim. Never enjoying the waves or the water.
The water is quite different. Out in the deep you keep moving, you keep swimming. There is very little time for conversation. You concentrate on breathing. The deep is scary. It’s the unknown place where we can no longer depend on ourselves. Swimming out in the deep is hard work and you spend most of your time there alone, or with brave souls who dare to step out with you. You work diligently to keep your head above water all the while being saturated with water – your hair and makeup a complete mess. There is no solid footing, you simply trust that the water will hold you.
Faith is a lot like the deep. It’s unknown and based on absolutely trust. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” When you are out in the deep, you cannot see the bottom but you trust that it’s there.
When I quit my full time teaching job and decided to stay home with my children, I feel like I jumped off a cliff and into the deep. I can honestly say that on paper the numbers didn’t add up financially for us, but I know without a doubt that being at home more with my children is exactly what God wanted me to do. I know I’ve spent a long time on the shore making Sandcastles financially with a safe and secure paycheck every month, and I know that I’m going to find Him out here in the deep…trusting Him to provide for my family’s needs. Not our wants, or desires, but our needs. He will hold us up. We can trust Him. Step off the shore…
Go swim in the deep.