As a kid I loved to nab one of the few pair of goggles at a pool party so that I could dive down deep into the water. Below, all of the laughter, conversation, delighted screams of children splashing was instantly muffled and distant.


As you’re introduced to this new space beneath the surface, everything you know about breath and balance above the surface is changed. I remember being mesmerized by the strange quiet and the way the light shone through the endless blue and how everything slowed down.


Losing track of time, I’d emerge from the water, made anxious by the thought I may have missed something going on at the party. Why didn’t everyone want to dive in? Isn’t this what we came for?


I believe in life we are often reluctant to fully surrender to God because of what we may miss. We are made anxious by this need to follow the crowd and as a result, we often sacrifice depth for relevance. But, what could be more relevant than time spent diving deeper and deeper into the Father’s presence?


I’ve realized that there will always be something else to do instead of worship. There will always be tasks to perform and people to see but we can’t live satisfied with surface-level revelation of the person of God and miss the beauty of the depths of His heart. He’s daily inviting us to take a deeper dive.


Antonette Weatherly is a wife, mother and minister who lives in the Sherman area. You can find her weekly serving at Victory Life Church. She can be reached at antonetteweatherly@gmail.com.