My pastor was praying yesterday and he said something about going deeper with God and a little later he spoke about being filled by God. It started my brain to working and I came up with this idea that you have to be filled with God before you can go deeper because going deeper with God isn’t snorkeling, it isn’t even scuba diving, it is learning how to breathe water.
So basically you have to accept the fact that as a Christian you are radically changed and you are no longer supposed to be breathing air, but breathing in God and when you can do that, when you can surrender and give up and die to yourself that is when you are filled by God and that is when you have the power to go deeper and to really discover who God has created you to be.
There was an 80s era sci-fi movie that I remember not being very good, I think it was The Abyss, but I could be wrong. Anyway, to dive down to the bottom of this abyss the people had to drink this liquid that was over oxygenated (spell check says that’s a real word). The idea was that you breathed water for the first 9 months of your life and your body would remember how to do it again, but getting over the initial, “OMG I’m drowning” was very hard. In the end you just had to surrender and wait and get filled with this stuff and you could go deeper than you had ever been.
Really it sounds like that made that movie just to be a good analogy, or maybe it is that movie scene has stuck with me for all these years and that is just where I went with this whole being filled thing.
I am still working out some of the details, but I like the idea that there are some people who snorkel in this God life and there are some people who dive deep for a while with scuba gear on, but the real world changers, the people who really connect with God and therefore make an impact on the people around them are the people who can stop breathing air and can start breathing God.