Growing up in a family that owned a public swimming pool, I spent a couple of days at the pool, and in the water from as far back as I can remember.
My family tells me that when I was just a toddler, my brother was in the deep end of the pool and teasing me to "come on in," and reportedly I did. That one incident did not fulfill my desire for the deep end of the pool though. At the age of about 5 or so, my Mom witnessed me swimming from pole to pole along the rope which divided the deep and shallow end. I remember my own children wanting to get to the deep end of the pool too.
The singing group Casting Crowns has a song entitled "Somewhere in the Middle" an excerpt that leaps out at me is...
"Just how close can I get, Lord, to my surrender without losing all control"
How close can I get to submitting to God and still keep my ____________________?
WOW! What a huge question.
Jesus tells Peter to put out to the deep water for a catch. Peter has no idea how deep Jesus is calling him to go. I think sometimes neither do we.
Romans 12:1 calls for us to be living sacrifices to God,holy and acceptable living sacrifices. That means that I must be willing to place myself on the altar the same way that Abraham did with Isaac.
The question that is before each of us is, "Am I willing to give up my dreams for His?"
I cannot have a deep water faith and stay in the shallow end...It is time to take the plunge.