The island of Grand Bahama has a coral reef which surrounds it. The reef slows the waves down and serves to protect the island's beaches and shoreline. As the waves roll in---they hit the reef and crash--sending up huge sprays, but slowing the velocity of the water to a delightful gentle swell which rolls into the beautiful beaches.
The water on the inside of the reef is the most beautiful shade of blue--caused by the refraction of the light when bouncing off the white sand bottom in the shallow water.
So on one side of the reef you have the dangerous deep-cold water of midnight blue and on the other the shallow-warm aqua waters the Caribbean is famous for. Without the protection of the coral reef, there would be no shallow-gentle water to enjoy.
I have a propensity to surround myself with a protective barrier. I place an invisible fence around my heart in an effort to keep the dangerous emotional currents from causing damage and pain. I have a tendency to stay in the shallow calm waters of the known instead of venturing into the seemingly dangerous depths of the unknown. Basically---I like being able to see the bottom and staying close to my comfort zone.
I have discovered some of the greatest beauty though lies in the depths of the deepest and most dangerous waters. Unless I am willing to take a risk and swim to the other side of the reef---I will never be able to enjoy this truly remarkable wonder. It certainly comes with a risk and there are no guarantees of not incurring danger --but the sight you behold is well worth the risk.
As I ventured into the deep water on the other side of the reef, I was reminded of the need to venture into the deep emotional waters of life. I might be missing the biggest thrill by staying entrenched in my comfort zone behind the protective barriers I tend to hide behind. The biggest blessings may be just beyond the barrier--if I only trust my Savior and venture into the deep water.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.