Wednesday, June 1, 2011

How to Have Depth

From the book In Search of Balance by Richard A. Swenson, M.D. "Depth is born out of such disciplines as stillness, patience, solitude, waiting, intimacy, suffering, quiet, contemplation, submission, discipline, prayer, and yes, margin and balance.

Modernity, on the other hand, is suffused with such "non-disciplines" as speed, interruptions, noise, multitasking, clutter, alarms, advertisements, distractions, Twitter, texting, television, viruses, entertainment, cell phones, activity obesity, information overload, and the Internet.

I've gotten into the habit of reading the Psalms every morning, and the last time I read Psalm 42, the phrase 'Deep calls unto deep' struck a chord which resonated deep within my heart. I kept rereading it trying to understand it better.

Have you ever felt on the verge of a great discovery and just couldn't quite grasp that one last thing that would throw complete light onto it? Well, that's how I feel reading Psalm 42. I'm still looking for enlightnment and full understanding. I'm reading all the commentaries I can find hoping for something to jump out at me. I'm waiting for that 'ah ha' moment to occur.

Abyssus, abyssum, invocat translates from the Latin into English as "Deep calls unto deep" found in Psalm 42:7. If I were ever to get a tattoo, it would be this phrase.


wayside wanderer said...

I appreciate the encouragement you share here. I always feel a peacefulness, a pull to slow down and to contemplate. Thank you!

Aisling said...

Thank you for visiting my blog, Debbie. I am enjoying the return visit. Like you, the phrase "deep calls unto deep" really resonates with me. Beautiful!