Put Out Into Deep Water

Put out into the deep water. — Luke 5:4b.

The phrase “put out into deep water” can have a number of meanings, depending on the context. In general, it means to venture into unfamiliar or uncharted territory. When Jesus tells Peter to “put out into deep water,” he is calling him to leave behind his old life and to follow him in a new and challenging direction.

When I was younger I had no fear of swimming out into the ocean beyond where I could touch bottom. The last few years, I tend more to wade in the shallows. As I think about it, my life has also come in from the deep, as well. Perhaps it is time to “put out into deep waters” once again, especially when it comes to my relationship with God and my meditative life.

It is time to force myself beyond the shallows where I know it is safe, and to venture into the depths of thought with my writing and my relationships. I don’t know why as we mature we seek out only safe paths, it is time once again to “put out into to the deep .”



About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. 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. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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