When my son was 6 months old when we took him to the pool for the very first time. As a first time parent we made sure he had all the right swimming attire, the cute matching shark swim suit, the floppy hat and sunscreen. We were set up for pool fun! We spent most of the afternoon in a kiddie pool that was about 6 inches deep with water! Our son wasn’t a fan at first but then started to enjoy the cool, refreshing water. Fast forward to our son now being 8 years old…he can’t wait to cannon ball into the deepest part of the pool! He will spend hours swimming around, playing and living his best life. Little did he know at 6 months old how much more fun there was to have in the depths of deeper water.
We have all experienced the shallow places in our relationships where things are surface level and there’s not much depth. I don’t know about you but I always look forward to a deeper connection and to see that friend past the surface interactions. But if we are being honest, the shallow waters are often a safer, more comfortable place where we may be tempted to keep our guard up. Loving Jesus and loving others will invite you into deeper waters in your relationship with Him and others. God is desiring us to come closer, to be honest about who we are, our concerns, failures and messes. He wants our hearts and surrender. So that we would become more like Him and in return be able to be a safe, trusted place where friends can be vulnerable and share deeper conversations along with their hearts. He will invite you to be uncomfortable, inconvenienced, and to sacrifice for others. Pressing past your excuses of busyness or past hurts to call you to be His voice and love to others. But on the other side there is such incredible blessings, richness of friendship and spiritual fruit to experience. We get to choose if we will hold on to our “water wings” and float around in the shallow waters or follow Him into the joys of deeper waters.
As we pursue the Lover of our souls, may we also pursue the depths of the friendships He has for us.
1- Do you desire to have friendships that go deeper than where they are currently?
2- What keeps you from being vulnerable with a trusted friend God has put in your life?
3- Are you more concerned with your comfort in friendships or do you allow trusted friends to speak honestly into your life that produces spiritual growth?
2 Verses to think on:
“Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins. Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay.” -1 Peter 4:8-9 (NLT)
“The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense.” -Proverbs 27:9
Create an opportunity for a deeper conversation with a trusted friend this week.