"The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." (1 Samuel 16:7)

The small flats boat was whipping along on top of the sea. No bouncing, just gliding on the glassy waters. What a glorious day! My husband was at the wheel, and as we entered a shallow area, he slowed to make sure we didn’t get stuck in the sandy bottom.

Gazing out, I watched the horizon meet the Gulf. I was lost in God’s beauty, when Ben exclaimed, "Look at these flats. Lotta grass." Then, "Here’s a nice low profile reef."

I peered over the edge, and sure enough, purple sea fans were clearly visible. As we drifted a bit deeper, we could see some larger fish and some coral that had a little more dimension. Being a fisherman, my husband knows that looking beyond the surface, you see more. The deeper you go in the ocean, the more you see.

It’s good to go deeper in the word of God, too. There is more to be seen. More revelation- beyond the surface.

It is good, also, to go deeper with the Lord in prayer and meditation. Going deeper with God, and His word, affords us wisdom in our day to day relationships. The Bible tells us that God looks beyond the surface, that He is looking deeper; He is looking at our hearts.

Lord, today may I go beyond the surface: may I get a glimpse of your heart, through your Word. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Inspirational messages by Sally I. Kennedy

Sally I. Kennedy, 2011