Deep Thoughts: What there might be…Way Down In the Middle of The Ocean…
Today, James Cameron, of “Titanic” fame, went down to the bottom of the sea, into the Mariana Trench, where no man has gone before. Touch of the Star Trek.
He said, according to the BBC:
“It turns out to be quite a sterile, almost desert-like place.”
I’m glad I wasn’t there. Miles of sea above your head, hoping against hope the sub isn’t compromised, causing a catastrophic implosion. To be food for the (lack of ) fishes.
It reminded me of one time I was called upon to teach the “Dei Profundis”, not having a scooby what it meant. “Out of the depths…”, apparently. It’s from Psalm 130, which begins,
“Out of the depths, I cry to you, Lord”
” [The Lord] himself will redeem Israel from all their sins”
Which reminds me, are “the depths” not where the sins of the world are meant to have gone to? Here’s a bit of Micah chapter 7:
You will again have compassion on us;
you will tread our sins underfoot
and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.
So, in the Psalm, it is the Psalmist that is in the depths. In Micah, it is where sins are cast. My brain is also bringing Psalm 139 to the surface… hold on… here we go:
Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
So, Mr Cameron wanted to reach the depths of the sea.
Most of the rest of us are happy with a grasp of the depths as a concept that does not involve an oxygen tank: where we are when we need to cry for help; where God will hurl our iniquities; where we know our God would be, were that where we were to go to try to avoid him…
Maybe thinking too much about the “Titanic” can only lead you one way. I’m happy to stay on dry land.
So, are you tempted to go and get a robust sub and go for a look see?