To the whale, most of my daily surroundings-mountains, cities, highways-exist in an "invisible" world, for its eyes can only take in sights level with the waterline. The whale has its own lively, congested habitat of marine plants and sea creatures. Yet unless it surfaces for oxygen once an hour or so, it dies. Though it knows little about the world above the sea, it needs vital contact with it simply to survive. Spiritually, I sometimes feel like that whale, coming up for air at regular intervals to stay alive, then disappearing into a much more familiar environment in the cold and dark below.
Yancey, Philip. Rumours of Another World". Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2003, p. 187-188.
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