The Tip of the Iceberg

An iceberg is a huge piece of freshwater ice that has broken off a glacier or an ice shelf floating freely in open salt water.  It creates a serious maritime hazard because approximately 90% of the berg is under water.  Many ships have been fooled by what’s below the surface by the “tip of the iceberg” that can be seen.  The supposedly impenetrable Titanic was sunk because the pilot misjudged the size and danger that loomed below the surface.  1500 people lost their lives. 

 “Tip of the iceberg” is an expression illustrating a small part of a larger unseen issue. In our lives we often misjudge what is “below the surface” by what is visual to us.  We spend gazillions of dollars masking what others see in our lives to hide what is unseen.  Relationships are often overpowered by gigantic, negative, unhealthy thought patterns that loom below the surface.  Frequently, we fool ourselves never getting help or doing the work that needs to be done to get well.  This leads to a life built based on untruths. 

Can I tell you something?  All of us in some way or another are broken.  Let’s list a number of things that may be overpowering us in our personal life: unmet expectations (personal or relational failure), abuse (physical, sexual, verbal, and/or emotional), guilt, unsafe family of origin, abandonment, addiction, adultery (by you or another who violated your trust), trauma, victimized, a heinous act by you or to you, etc.  You have been hurt or hurt others.  The result is brokenness. 

What were the first instincts that we as mankind experienced when things went wrong between God and man?  In Genesis 3, you see raw emotions resulting from man’s independently living from God: separation losing intimate relationships with God and each other, guilt, shame, blame, selfishness and shortly afterwards in chapter 4, bitterness, anger, rage, and murder.  Things have not changed!  We all need help, forgiveness, cleansing, repentance (a change of mind) and most of all each of us need to be renewed by the compassionate love, grace, and mercy of Jesus, Who is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6).

I hope each of us will pray this earnest prayer found in Psalm 114:23-24, Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.See if there is any offensive way in me and lead me in the way everlasting.  Do a truthful, rigorous inventory of your life recognizing that very hurtful, painful, sick, shameful, dark things discovered can be handed over to and trusted with our forgiving God

1 John 1:9 speaks clearly, If we confess (admit) our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

You may feel broken to the max, destitute, and ready to give up.  Please read these 3 verses and chew on them the rest of this day and days to come.  You find a safe place to reside. Matthew 11:28-30 says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Healing comes from telling yourself the truth!  John 8:31&32, Jesus said, “continuously abide in my word and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.”

Healing comes from being in a community where you can be open without judgment, “confess your fought one to another and pray.  The faithful prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective” (James 5:16).

Time to get below the surface and experience healing.  Jesus will love you without reservation every inch of the way!  Join a Christian community.  You will experience forgiveness, acceptance, and compassion.  Wholeness is a precious thing that cannot be experienced in a life lived by itself.

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