Sermon (July 26, 2015) : “Out of the Depths”
Date: July 26, 2015
Speaker: Sam Donica
Text: Psalm 130
“They are not monuments, but footprints. A monument only says, ‘At least I got this far,’ while a footprint says, ‘This is where I was when I moved again.’”
-William Faulkner, 1897-1962
When we start to tell our story, to tell people about some of the holes we are in, it creates a safe space for them to acknowledge one of the simplest and most ancient of human truths: life is an arduous and tragic struggle.
“People who endure suffering are taken beneath the routine busyness of life and find they are not who they believed themselves to be. The pain smashes through a floor they thought was the bottom floor of their soul, revealing a cavity below, and then it smashes through that floor revealing another cavity and so on and so on. The person in pain descends to unknown ground.”
–The Road to Character, David Brooks
I came to a point in my life when all of my little rebellions against God’s gentle, guiding hand had dug a hole so deep I could stand in it without being seen. In the bottom of my hole, I couldn’t decide what was worse: being unable to get out or knowing I had dug it myself.
Since Eden, we’ve been hiding in the bushes wondering what God is going to think when he finds out what we’ve done, and we are scared to death when we hear his footsteps, but what he wants to know most is “Where are you?” He comes looking for us and when he found us in our sin, he sent his son down into a hole he didn’t dig to give us the life we don’t deserve.