Once a month our fellowship has started an evening service dedicated to worship and seeking God’s presence. I had a picture during the worship time recently of a large lake. A leisure lake and there were lots of people enjoying and having fun in the water. Some people were running and jumping into the lake, doing back flips, dive bombs etc. Some people were stood on the shore just dipping a toe into the water – testing it out. Some went up to their knees for a paddle – some ventured a bit further and started swimming. I felt God saying that the lake represented His presence. People entered and experienced it differently. Some people were taking things slowly (especially if this was new to them) whereas some would dive straight in, but the most important thing was taking that first step. If you want to start by dipping your toe or if you are the sort of person to jump straight in then that is fine. That is your starting point and from there we gain the confidence and enjoyment to stay longer and go deeper with God. God wants to encourage you not to stay in the shallows all the time though and also not just to play around on the surface but to go deeper with Him.
In the picture, I saw people diving down below the surface of the lake going deeper and deeper down. As they did so they discovered beautiful pearls on the bottom of the lake- some of the pearls were hidden in the weeds, some were hidden in the muddy depths, some were in the dark places – these pearls were God’s treasure that was hidden waiting to be discovered. As we go deeper into God’s presence we will discover this treasure that He has for each one of us. We have to search it out and press in even when we feel uncomfortable. I encourage you today not to stay at your starting point but to press into God and see what He has for you and what you will discover about Him.