- Kerri S. Wilson
The other day I watched an animated video illustrating the depth of the Mariana Trench, which is located off of the coast of the Mariana Islands near Guam. It's deepest point is in its southern end, an area named Challenger Deep. This portion of the trench has been measured at approximately 36,070 feet deep, and it is considered to be the deepest point on earth. I was amazed as the video demonstrated how Mount Everest, which is considered to be the highest point on earth with an altitude of 29,035 feet, could fit within the depths of the Challenger Deep area of the Mariana Trench. It was fascinating.
God is more vast than this ocean trench. He fills all space. His presence permeates from beyond the highest peak to below the deepest depths. David explained it well when he said if we ascend into heaven or descend into Sheol, God is there. There is no place we can go where God is not. (See Psalms 139.)
God is as equally vast in knowledge as He is in presence. He knows all, yet remains in touch with the most minute details of our lives. He knows our number of hair strands. (See Luke 12:7.) He even knew us before we were born. David explained in Psalm 139:13-16, "For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb... My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance..." (ESV).
God is love, so His love is just as vast as His presence and knowledge. There are times when I feel my problems are so overwhelming they seem as big as Mount Everest. But He cares about my problems, and every one of them in their entirety will fit inside of His love. As I become aware of His presence I sense His love as it envelops me, and my problems no longer overwhelm me. His love is deep and wide and all encompassing. The ocean depths are measured in fathoms, but God's love is immeasurable. His love is fathomless!