Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Introduction for series on SCUBA and the Spirit

At the end of short or long term effort, knowing more about our strengths and weaknesses is helpful.  My exit interview, after nine years of pastoral ministry, included recommendations for a sabbatical.

A sabbatical is a break, usually every seventh year, for rest, travel, or research.  In preparing for sabbath, I received promises from people that they would pray for me.  How do I know if a person prays or not?  "I'll pray for you," can sound hollow sometimes.

I chose to research hollow SCUBA tanks by becoming certified.  SCUBA is an acronym for Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus.  During my sabbatical, I am completing the coursework and required dives to be certified as an SSI Open Water Diver.  While diving, my cynicism regarding prayer popped like bubbles.

Shortly after beginning to rest, research and travel, I discovered SCUBA diving's disorientation.  Purposely entering environments unable to sustain human life is difficult.  Diving creates painful pressure changes in the ears, sinuses, dental cavities and stomach.  I have to be able to answer exam questions on biology and physics.  (I took high school chemistry twice...same class two times.)  I found the courage to walk toward my fears because of the power of prayer.

I understand the physics, biology and chemistry of diving because people kept their promises.  Before me lies an opportunity to write of my experience because of the intercession I treated so lightly.  Over several posts, I will be sharing what I've learned about the things of God by becoming a SCUBA diver.  I have something to share because people kept their promises.

On my break to rest, travel and research I am compelled to share my experience.  The people who promised to pray, compel me to write.  Like high school chemistry, some lessons require more than one attempt for me.

I offer, with thanksgiving, content that could only come from the Spirit's underwater quickening in my heart.

1 comment:

  1. Just spending some time on the Tending Vision site... Wow what a life of rich experiences! God has plans of using you to His glory.
    L. Robinson