71 percent of the earth’s surface is water. Of all of the water on this planet, it is estimated that about 96.5% of all water is located in the oceans. Only 5% of the bodies of water have been explored, leaving 95% unexplored. The amount of water on our planet is hard to even imagine.
For perspective, the largest lake in the world by it’s surface, Lake Superior, is 1332 feet deep, just about the height of the Empire State building. The average depth of the ocean is almost 10 times deeper at 12,073 feet. For additional perspective, the deepest point of the ocean known to man is 36,070 feet, which is deeper than the average flight altitude of a commercial airplane which hovers at 36,000 feet.
There is so much water that the water pressure is 11,000 pounds per square inch just beyond the average depth of the ocean. At similar depths the pressure can be compared to a single human carrying the weight of fifty 747 jumbo jets. At these depths a person would be crushed instantly.
It is overwhelming to think about the amount of water on this planet, and the depth of our oceans. Certainly all of creation speaks to the wonder and glory of our Creator. Collectively in all that we have learned, there is so much yet that we do not know or even begun to explore.
Image courtesy of: Jeff Rowley Big Wave Surfer
“I will praise you with all my heart, Lord my God, and will honor your name forever.” – Psalm 86:12
How do we begin to understand the depth of the love of God? For it is deeper than the ocean.
When we know the love and goodness and power of God our Father, it is like the ocean. But it is far deeper and far more powerful. It is overwhelming. His love is unfailing and unending. He is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in faithful love and truth. There is no one like our God!
God’s love is so great that he sent his one and only Son to die on the cross for us. As a parent, who among us could say that we would be willing to bring our one and only son into this world to hang on the cross for the sake of all, even for those who mocked him and spit in his face? And he did this for those who say they don’t need Christ and deny him daily.
His love is so deep we can barely even comprehend. Everything that we have done wrong has been nailed to the cross when we repent and turn to Him. He died for our sins once and for all, opening up the doors to heaven for us. He overcame death and the grave that we too could have life eternal.
When I think about the love of God our Father, and the magnitude of the gifts of our Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, it is like seeing the ocean for the first time. The depth and power of His goodness and mercy is overwhelming.
Everything that he has done for us, in the past, and even to this day, is humbling. It makes me want to praise Him, and as today’s chosen scripture says, to do so with ALL of my heart.
And this praise comes from the deepest part of our hearts, not just words and pleasing sounds coming from our lips. It is praise that is giving honor and glory directly to God. It’s free of fear, not worrying about anything or anyone around me. No distractions. Just us and God. It’s personal.
Let us call on the Lord, and praise Him for all of His goodness, with an undivided mind and an undivided heart, pure and good, free from distraction and worry and fear, trusting and full of faith and love that is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
Let the peace of God which transcends all understanding, guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. And let us walk in the Spirit and praise Him all throughout the day!
Dear heavenly Father, thank you so much for your love and mercy. Fill our hearts and minds with everything that is good. Wash away anything that tries to come in and separate us from you. Wash us clean. Make us new. Let your Holy Spirit flow through us like a raging river, as we pour out our hearts to you and praise you. Let your light shine in us that we might be a light unto your path. We give you all the honor and glory and praise, in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
Today’s full reading: Amos 4-6; Psalm 86; Titus 1
Scripture References From Today’s Reflection:
- “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16
- “But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” – Psalm 86:15
- “Among the gods there is none like you, Lord; no deeds can compare with yours.” – Psalm 86:8
- “Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” – Psalm 86:11
- “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:7
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