No human had dived to the Challenger Deep point before 1960. The deepest point on earth had to be explored and experienced closer than just with sonar. To contend with pressures a 1000 times compared to the sea surface is catastrophic for humans. To put it into perspective, the pressure at the lowest point on earth is equal to being squeezed on all sides of your body by 50 jumbo jet’s weight. A dive so dangerous that the human body can’t survive.
In 1953, a Swiss researcher’s design, the Trieste, a submersible vehicle, was built to withstand the pressures and enable the first humans to undertake the deepest dive. In 1960 after years of testing, two men climbed into a cramped compartment, a fridge’s size and temperatures equally as cold. The sphere surrounded them had a double layer of tick protected glass. At a slow 3 miles per hour, they descended into one of the most inhospitable places to humans. Two hours into the dive, they heart a loud sound. The outer glass layer cracked. With courage, the decision was made to proceed. The inner glass layer stayed intact, and the deepest and most dangerous dive ever taken, reached the deepest point on earth.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Intense pressure and uncertainty often keep us from wanting to go deeper. Should we not rather go back where there is the perception of safety and comfort?
Today I want to encourage you to be strong, and courageous, do not be afraid because God is the inner layer of glass that will not break. Place your trust in Him!
With love always,
Author of Teacher on the Mount