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Jana’s Journal: “Go Deep With God”

June 2024

Jana Hinson

Go Deep With God-

Just as a submarine descends into the depths of the ocean, away from the turbulence and storms on the surface, we too can find a profound depth in our relationship with God that shelters us from life’s tempests. The deeper a submarine goes, the more insulated it becomes from the surface’s chaos, experiencing a serene stillness far below the waves. Similarly, the deeper we go in our spiritual journey, the more we can experience God’s peace that surpasses all understanding, regardless of the storms raging around us.

Consider the words of Psalm 91:1-2: “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.'” This passage illustrates the profound security and peace found in God’s presence. To “dwell in the secret place” is akin to a submarine dwelling in the ocean’s depths, far removed from the chaos above.

In the New Testament, Philippians 4:6-7 provides another insight into this depth of peace: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” The peace of God acts as a guard, similar to the protective hull of a submarine, insulating us from the pressures and anxieties of life.

Jesus Himself provides the ultimate example of this deep peace in the midst of a storm. In Mark 4:37-39, we read: “And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, ‘Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?’ Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace, be still!’ And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.” Jesus, even while physically in the storm, was spiritually in the depths with His Father, unaffected by the chaos around Him. His command over the storm illustrates the authority and peace we can access through Him.

To achieve this depth in God, we must cultivate a deep, personal relationship with Him through prayer, meditation on His Word, and obedience to His commands. Just as a submarine must be carefully constructed and maintained to withstand the pressures of deep waters, our spiritual lives require intentional nurturing and discipline. Jesus said in John 15:4, “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.” Abiding in Christ is our means of descending into the depths where His peace reigns supreme.

In conclusion, the deeper our relationship with God, the more insulated we become from life’s storms. Just as a submarine finds tranquility in the ocean’s depths, we find unparalleled peace in the depths of God’s presence. This divine peace doesn’t eliminate the existence of storms but empowers us to endure them with a calm spirit, secure in the knowledge that we are sheltered in the Almighty’s embrace. Let us strive to dwell deeply in God, finding refuge and strength that transcends all earthly turmoil.

Blessings! Jana Hinson

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