“Blessed are they who hope in the Lord. Who delights in the law of the Lord and meditates on his law day and night.” (Psalms 1:1-2)
James Cameron is a National Geographic Explorer in Residence. Recently he set a record for the deepest manned submarine dive at more than 35,000 feet in the deepest part of the Pacific Ocean. At these depths, Cameron’s powerful lights shine in places that have always been in total darkness. Exploring these depths also reveals discoveries of new plants and animal that the world has never seen.
We all know there are some topics such as politics that you just don’t talk about in mixed company. “Don’t go there” is a phase we use today. But are there topics that you avoid thinking about even in your own mind? When presented with an uncomfortable topic, do you tell yourself “Don’t go there!” These no-go zones are parts of my faith that are like the deepest depths of the ocean. They are places in my heart that have never been explored, where light has never shined, or are places that remain undiscovered. Some I even purposefully ignore. Topics such as my own certain death, the thought of experiencing intense, long-term physical suffering, shame for things I have done, or uncertainties with my faith. These are all areas that I routinely avoid exploring.
Reflections such as those found at this webpage explore these difficult topics. I find it helpful to hear another person’s experience with death, suffering, shame or tested faith. When I take time to ponder these life scenarios or other tough questions, it is as if there is a submarine, piloted by the Holy Spirit, probing the depths of my conscience and my faith. With lights ablaze, the dark corners of my heart are exposed and explored. In the process, I grow in my faith and am strengthened in my beliefs. Rather than continue to avoid my uncomfortable, “don’t go there” topics, I am able to confront them, gain understanding and, as a result, let go of the underlying fear that I have.