Hidden under the Surface

Wednesday, June 18

6-18By Joyce Bullion of Ewa Beach, Hawaii, USA

These are the things that you shall do: Speak the truth to one another, render in your gates judgments that are true and make for peace…

—Zechariah 8:16

Some people love to snorkel in the calm and serene waters of the Pacific Ocean. There are many exciting and colorful fish, eels, turtles, and reefs to see. There are also many dangers—sharks, other threatening fish, and sharp, coral reefs. Snorkeling for the first time often brings surprises at finding a new world under the surface.

The first time I snorkeled was at Hanauma Bay on Oahu in Hawaii. I lay on a raft, stuck my head in the water, and oohed and awed. I feared the unknown—afraid the fish might bite me.

Most lives are similar in that each person has a hidden world under the surface. We cannot judge people by their outer appearances and know everything about them. Each soul has its personal and challenging experiences. Whether a person is rich and famous, poor and unknown, or of a different culture or skin color, each is created in the image of our Creator. We all have a spirit within us that makes us worthy of love and acceptance.

When we step forward in faith instead of fear, we can get off our safe rafts. We can partner with our Creator. We find the hidden beauty in the world and learn to live in peace and harmony. We uncover hidden opportunities to serve as God would have us serve.

Prayer for Peace God of our surface and God of our depths, reveal to us hidden needs that we might share Christ’s peace in dark places.

Spiritual Practice: Healing for Broken Spirits Begin with quiet prayer. Ask God to help you detect some “sore places” in the body of Christ and in God’s creation. Become aware of people who feel separated, wounded, or left out. Reflect on or write a short journal entry of healing words to at least one person who comes to mind. Ask God for words that will touch this person’s broken spirit like healing ointment. Keep this person in your heart and prayers today and act on any ideas that come to bring blessing and wholeness.

Peace Covenant Today, God, I will venture out from safety and risk myself for Christ’s mission.

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2 Comments

  1. pushmail@frontier.com

     /  18 June 2014

    Okay, thank you!!!

  2. Diane Akers

     /  18 June 2014

    Very touching and so true, thanks for sharing.

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