Near the island of Guam is the Mariana Trench, the deepest place on earth. On January 23, 1960, Jacques Piccard and Donald Walsh climbed into a submersible vessel and were lowered into the cold, lonely darkness of the Pacific ocean (see video). Their descent set a world record and has never been repeated.
The depth of the ocean is indeed mind-boggling. For example, the Mariana Trench is 6.78 miles down below sea level. The water pressure at the bottom of the trench is 15,931 pounds per square inch. Yet there is life, even at that level. The explorers saw flat fish on the ocean floor, surviving despite the pressure and the darkness.
For most of us, it’s difficult to fathom just how deep the Mariana Trench is. But much more difficult to comprehend, is God’s love for us. Paul was hard-pressed to describe it, but he prayed that his readers would be able somehow to grasp “the width and length and depth and height — to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge” (Ephesians 3:18-19).
The reason we can never plumb the depths of God’s love is that His love is infinite — beyond measure. If we ever feel alone and unloved — even to the depths of dark despair, let’s think about Ephesians 3:18-19 and remember that God’s love for us is deeper than the deepest ocean — even the Mariana Trench!
I have a Friend whose faithful love
Is more than all the world to me;
It’s higher than the heights above,
And deeper than the boundless sea. —Anonymous