A fascination with the deepest places on earth led me to search for an answer. For many years it was believed that the surface of the ocean floor was fairly flat. In 1872 a British research team boarded a ship named the
HMS Challenger in an attempt to map the floor of the oceans. They didn’t expect to find anything else than flat, lifeless and formless, yet they embarked on the journey. In the four years at sea, the HMS Challenger covered 70000 miles (112654 km) dropping a rope (249 000 miles, 400727km, in length) with a lead-weight attached, every 140 miles (225 km) to measure the depths of the abyss.
In the Western Pacific, 200 miles (322km) of Guam’s island, the scientists dropped the rope again to take another measurement. To their surprise, the weight kept on dropping, further than any other point measured, a staggering 5 miles (8.047 km) deep. Mariana Trench, the name that was given marking the deepest point on earth.
“Have you entered the springs of the sea? Or have you walked in search of its depths?”
How much time do we devote to investigate the depths of God’s love for us?
With love always,
Author of Teacher on the Mount