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The Iceberg of the Mind

Foundation was firm.  Construction was cleared. Safety efforts were pre-determined to be satisfactory.

Any potential damage was sustainable, right? Wrong! On April 14, 1912, the RMS Titanic sank to the demise of over 1,500 passengers and crew members.

No one saw the potential impact coming. But there it was. Hidden out of plain view.

An iceberg.

An iceberg is a large piece of ice that has broken off from a glacier. Typically, only a very small portion of an iceberg’s volume is viewable above water. Accordingly, the heaviest portion of an iceberg is hidden below the surface.

There, in the hidden area, is where the potential for disaster lies.

After the Titanic sank in 1912, there were several outrages about how the incident was handled. However, one of the most noteworthy of them all is the fact that “the Titanic disaster may very well have been able to have been completely avoided had officers on ship paid heed to reports received earlier regarding the frozen waters they were approaching.”

Warning signs were present but they weren’t heeded. This happens a lot in our own lives. We see the writing on the wall but we ignore it. We feel our bodies slowing down, yet we keep pushing. We feel the distance growing in our relationship, yet we don’t do anything to change things. We feel our addictions growing stronger and stronger, yet we’re too prideful to seek help. We watch our children make poor decisions, yet we fail to provide discipline or direction. We watch our bank accounts draining, yet we refuse to make the necessary sacrifices to slow the process. We watch our aging loved ones deteriorate, yet we neglect our opportunities to make peace with them.

We allow our thoughts to creep in and consume us. In our conscious minds, we tell ourselves the things we want to hear in the moment. We justify our actions. We tell ourselves that there is still time to make amends. We push today because there might not be a tomorrow. We want to avoid the judgment of others. We convince ourselves that our situation will turn around.

The self-talk in our conscious minds begins to take root in our unconscious minds. We then begin to operate on auto-pilot. Our excuses and justifications become our norm. By the time we recognize the negative state around us, it’s sometimes too late to create a proper transition.

This was also evident during the sinking of the Titanic. The ship was traveling along at its maximum speed. By the time the presence of the iceberg became blatantly obvious, the ship was unable to turn quickly enough to avoid hitting the iceberg.

Don’t get caught, stumped, sideswiped, or drowned by the iceberg.

Take heed of 1 Corinthians 10:5 and “…take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” Keep your thoughts in obedience with Christ. You still may experience the waves of life but you’ll stay clear of life’s icebergs.

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