Submarine!

Submarine!

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Submarines are awesome man made structures that carry us through unforgivable environment, the heart of the sea! It is built strong to dive in the ocean up to a thousand feet and move under water undetected! This makes it so awesome war machine to launch missiles and torpedoes to the enemy territory and warships. Modern submarines carry enough nuclear weapons to destroy the whole earth twice in a matter of minutes and is able to remain still and undetected for months and maybe years right under the enemy’s nose! Modern nuclear subs can run for 20-30 years without refueling! Such incredible masterpiece made with such care and precision.

A submarine is blind and moves with no eyes but ears! It produces sound waves from a variety of angles and sides of the submarine. When the sound wave hit any object, it sends a signal back to the sub thus making a map out of sound around the submarine. But the most amazing thing that wondered me is its structural strength. As we go down deep into the ocean, the pressure starts increasing, it increases in such a way that at 800 feet below sea, the sea applies tremendous pressure of 370.189 PSI or 25.52 bars of pressure whereas normal atmospheric pressure is about 14.70 PSI or 1 bar! Imagine crushed with 25 times more pressure! No human can survive without any protective gear in these depths! If we dive in an iron made submarine in the ocean, we could feel the tremendous pressure build up from around 400 feet. The submarine will make noise of denting metal outside the submarine, deeper we dive the pressure keeps increasing until at one stage it shear off completely as it cannot withstand any more pressure on it! However, modern submarines are made with titanium and other secret alloys which can take more pressure than iron, hence making deeper dives than ever before up to 1600 feet below sea!

The amazing structural strength of submarines enables the sailors to sail safely under water at greater depths. At 800 feet below sea level when the outside pressure is so immense of 26 bars the pressure inside the submarine is maintained at 1 bar making everyone comfortable and breathe normal as on land! Isn’t that incredible! Thus submarines are an engineering marvel in the modern world!

We can relate the submarine experience with our lives. In life we face different sorts of problems and challenges. The pressure of problems varies between individuals. At time, we see people struggling with problems. They undergo a lot of stress because of the problems they face. The more and more problem they face more pressure they get exposed to. It’s like you dive deep into the water. At few feets of depths you are ok. You can handle the pressure. But the more you dive deeper the pressure builds up. And with no protective clothing and devices you don’t need greater depths, but 50 feet of depth can kill you easily! It’s similar to life the more and more pressure you take, the more stressed you become and ultimately you will shear off. But if you dive in a submarine you can breathe easily, even at depths of 1000 feet as you are not taking the pressure, but the submarine is and it makes sure you can breathe as normal as on the ground providing 1 bar of pressure inside where as it’s exposed to 31 bars of pressure outside!

The submarine in our day to day life is God! Unlike man made submarines this submarine will never shear off at any greater depths! He is strong and there is no bigger problem than He can’t handle, for He is the creator of the whole universe! If you don’t have God in life you are like diving in the water with no diving suit or any protective gear. You might be able to survive few feets of depths, but when problems strike you hard you sink faster and you won’t be able to withstand pressure of life and ultimately you shear off! This is why Jesus said- “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (‭Matthew‬ ‭11‬:‭28-30‬ NIV).

King Solomon when he became King of Israel, he was just 9 years old! He didn’t know how to rule the kingdom. But God appeared to him in a dream and asked him what he need the most and instead of asking long life and riches of the world, he asked for wisdom and God gave him greater knowledge and wisdom than any humans of those days and later in life he wrote 1005 songs, 3000 proverbs and books on animals, birds and plant life! This is why he said in the book of Proverbs- “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (‭Proverbs‬ ‭3‬:‭5-6‬ NIV)

Peter, a poor fisherman who didn’t have any savings was worried when his mother in law fall sick, he had no money to take her to the doctor. He worked the whole night at sea, hoping to catch some fish and take her to the doctor, unfortunately, he didn’t even catch a single fish. He was sad, tired and weary after the tremendous effort and was preparing to go home for rest when Jesus came from nowhere and took him back to sea and caught a great catch which he could not get all by himself, but had to call others for help and later Jesus went to his house and healed his mother in law and she got up and served them! In another instance when he didn’t have any money to pay taxes, while the thought was in his mind, Jesus asked him to go to the sea and open the mouth of the first fish he catch, for there will be enough money to pay taxes for Peter and Jesus! Remembering all these great instances in life Peter, who once was the poor fisherman who became the first Apostle and the foundation of New Testament Church wrote in the his epistle- ‘Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.’ (‭1 Peter‬ ‭5‬:‭6-7‬ NIV).

My dear readers, lets not be like the pressure cooker which keeps whistling as the pressure increases making a hostile environment, but be in a submarine where it withstands higher pressures of outside, but maintains the same cool inside! Let’s not struggle ourselves with all pressures of life, instead leave it to God as you inside the submarine. It’s true you’re in the deep sea, but God’s able to bring you out of all the tremendous, dangerous and unforgiving environment to safe shore! Like a submarine, God will hide, defend and protect you from any harm! Instead of sinking in the ocean of problems, sink in the Grace of God, which been given through Jesus on Cross of Calvary! Accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour in life and lead a holy life for greater experience of God’s grace in life. Sink more into the vast ocean of God’s grace rather to the everyday problems in life and enjoy the wonderful life with God every day! All dead matters in life will become live, all fruitless efforts will yield all varieties of wonderful fruits and great healing will take place in all hurt conditions of your life for the glory of God’s name. (Ezekiel 47:1-12 passage given below). Like a submarine deep dive into the sea of God’s Grace rather to the problems of life and enjoy the presence of God in everyday life!

If you haven’t accepted Jesus this amazing God as Lord and Saviour in your life and would like to accept him, please say this prayer, believing in your heart and declaring by word.

‘Heavenly Father, I accept and believe Jesus is the only true God who came to redeem my sins. I believe Jesus is the son of God who came to this earth to die for my sins and to fulfil Jesus died on the Cross of Calvary and all the sufferings and pain that Jesus took on the body was for me, He was broken down and gave His very last drop of blood for me on the Cross of Calvary for the redemption of my sins and I accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour in my life, I confess my sins and give my life for Jesus. Please forgive me for every mistake I made in my life. Please come in me, live in me, fill in me and guide me until the last breath of my life and help me to stay away from evil ways and lead a holy and victorious Christian life as you please. And bring me to heaven to be with you forever. In Jesus name. Amen!’

‘“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.’ (‭Matthew‬ ‭6‬:‭25-34‬ NIV)

‘The man brought me back to the entrance to the temple, and I saw water coming out from under the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east). The water was coming down from under the south side of the temple, south of the altar. He then brought me out through the north gate and led me around the outside to the outer gate facing east, and the water was trickling from the south side. As the man went eastward with a measuring line in his hand, he measured off a thousand cubits and then led me through water that was ankle-deep. He measured off another thousand cubits and led me through water that was knee-deep. He measured off another thousand and led me through water that was up to the waist. He measured off another thousand, but now it was a river that I could not cross, because the water had risen and was deep enough to swim in—a river that no one could cross. He asked me, “Son of man, do you see this?” Then he led me back to the bank of the river. When I arrived there, I saw a great number of trees on each side of the river. He said to me, “This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah, where it enters the Dead Sea. When it empties into the sea, the salty water there becomes fresh. Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows. There will be large numbers of fish, because this water flows there and makes the salt water fresh; so where the river flows everything will live. Fishermen will stand along the shore; from En Gedi to En Eglaim there will be places for spreading nets. The fish will be of many kinds—like the fish of the Mediterranean Sea. But the swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they will be left for salt. Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.”’ (‭Ezekiel‬ ‭47‬:‭1-12‬ NIV)

‘If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, do not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you. You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.” Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but tremble. For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either. Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off. And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. After all, if you were cut out of an olive tree that is wild by nature, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much more readily will these, the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree!’ (‭Romans‬ ‭11‬:‭17-24‬ NIV)

‘Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?” “Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?” For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.’ (‭Romans‬ ‭11‬:‭33-36‬ NIV)

‘At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” Solomon answered, “You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day. “Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?” The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for—both wealth and honor—so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings. And if you walk in obedience to me and keep my decrees and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life.”’ (‭1 Kings‬ ‭3‬:‭5-14‬ NIV)

‘God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore. Solomon’s wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the people of the East, and greater than all the wisdom of Egypt. He was wiser than anyone else, including Ethan the Ezrahite—wiser than Heman, Kalkol and Darda, the sons of Mahol. And his fame spread to all the surrounding nations. He spoke three thousand proverbs and his songs numbered a thousand and five. He spoke about plant life, from the cedar of Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of walls. He also spoke about animals and birds, reptiles and fish. From all nations people came to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, sent by all the kings of the world, who had heard of his wisdom.’ (‭1 Kings‬ ‭4‬:‭29-34‬ NIV)

‘One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him. ‘(‭Luke‬ ‭5‬:‭1-11‬ NIV)

‘When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him.’ (‭Matthew‬ ‭8‬:‭14-15‬ NIV)

‘After Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma temple tax came to Peter and asked, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?” “Yes, he does,” he replied. When Peter came into the house, Jesus was the first to speak. “What do you think, Simon?” he asked. “From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes—from their own children or from others?” “From others,” Peter answered. “Then the children are exempt,” Jesus said to him. “But so that we may not cause offense, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.”’ (‭Matthew‬ ‭17‬:‭24-27‬ NIV)

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9 thoughts on “Submarine!

  1. Dear Benjamin, I appreciate your post! You brought up some insights that had never crossed my mind before! Thank you! My husband and I will be doing more research this weekend into king Solomon’s age, and the chronology of Peter’s fishing trip 🙂 I love being stretched into greater understanding. Thank you for the analogy of the submarine, I can’t wait to share it with our kiddos! Have a fabulous weekend! 🙂

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