Beneath The Surface

The double red flags were out yesterday, and everyone was warned to stay out of the Ocean. Apparently dangerous rip tides had caused a drowning, and the beach officials feared more tragedies. Rip Tides are not something one can see, but are one of the many dangers of the ocean just beneath the surface. This morning a shark and a sting ray swam by close to shore. Again, danger beneath the surface.

Humans sometime have their own dangers floating just below the surface. The individual who hides an addiction, the person who’s loneliness is hidden by a care free attitude, the depressed who never let us inside until they commit suicide are all examples.

As disciples it is part of our responsibility to scratch beneath the surface of our friends, family, and people in our community to detect hidden dangers.  God gives us the tools of love and human kindness to perform this obligation, but it also requires paying attention, a heart full of compassion, and a patient ear.

As we meditate this day, think about your friends and family. Is there a danger lurking beneath the surface, and if you know there is how do you raise a double red flag?

About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of The United States, is an author and speaker. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller.

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