What lies below
Published 9:00 am Sunday, May 28, 2023
Hi, all. Just a thought to help start your weekend.
I don’t know how many of you are military or war enthusiasts. I’m not really, but I do find certain aspects interesting, such as battlefields, cannons, and relics of past conflicts. What you see in my picture this week is an object that is described as follows — “A buoyed mine found on the beach of the Cotentin peninsula in Normandy in January 1987. The mine was anchored by a cable to a sinker on the sea bed and lurked two metres below the surface so that it would be hit by a passing ship.”
I took that picture in a World War II museum in Normandy. That mine had lain below the surface of the waters of the English Channel for over 30 years before being discovered, raised, and displayed.
You see from the description above that these unexploded mines would basically float just two metres (meters) below the surface of the water. That’s just about six and a half feet for us English folks. Barely the distance of a tall man. The potential to destroy ships and vessels filled with soldiers was as close as the height of one man! And it lurked just out of sight below the surface.
As you travel the highways, byways, and waterways of your life this week and every week, you need not travel in fear, for the Lord has His hands upon us. However, we do need to travel with awareness of the potential dangers that lurk so very close to us and those we love.
The only distance between you and utter and complete disaster may simply be the distance of one person. One person and their negative destructive personality and luring lifestyle may be all it takes to bring your good existence to an explosive end.
As well, there may only be that same short distance between you and peacetime, free from war. Just One. You can travel the rest of your days with danger lurking so very close, and it may never explode. It may just float there for the rest of your days. Then one unsuspecting afternoon, as you meander back through the memories of your past wars and battles, you’ll see the enormous disaster that never took place, simply because of the One in Whose trust you placed your life.
Whatever lies below the surface, even if you never see it, can be entrusted to the God who calms the seas and wants to fight all your battles for you. Trust Him, and travel safely.
Just a thought. ’Til later.
Brad Campbell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.