(Detail from "Moses" by Rembrandt van Rijn) What is the law of God stated in the Ten Commandments? You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below – you shall not bow down to them or worship them. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Honor your father and your mother. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not give false testimony. You shall not covet. (New City Catechism) So we begin acknowledging what clutching hands at apple trees do not know: accepting that there is Someone much higher than the heights of all our striving and our pride. Bow down before no other god: not what your hands have wrought or what you desire, not that which eyes find pleasing nor what beauty holds out towards you or serves your present aims. The depths are yours to plumb, to swim, yet all within is His. The water’s mirror shines back to you your face; do not mistake creature for Creator or love sea more than Son. Heart humble and contrite, know the joy of boundaries set out by love. The waters stay where He commands; so we too can rest within parameters carved deep with mercy’s law.