July 1, 2015 | by: Maureen Maniquis | 2 Comments

Posted in: Gospel Living

My heart is in need of filtering. Oh, on the surface it looks pretty clean. The eye is easily fooled from this perspective. From here it looks like a clear pool - still, smooth, deep and temperate. It’s only upon entering into the pool and dipping below the surface that I realize how murky and cloudy these waters really are.

On the surface, all that is really seen is the reflection of the beauty that surrounds it. The light from above reflects an artful image that penetrates the upper levels and superimposes its beauty. I am curious what lies in these depths but trepidation has me hovering between the levels of light and dark. It’s much safer to stay near the surface where I can navigate these familiar waters with self-confidence and independence. Yet, there is this compelling force that draws me down toward discovery. An intuitive sense that getting to the bottom of things brings cleansing and filtering it all takes work. But, how much more beautiful would the reflection become when the light can plumb the depths? How much richer would the colors become when all the layers are unhindered by the silted undergrowth?

The fears come when I have to ask these questions: how deep is this pool? How long will I have to hold my breath? Is this insane to attempt? Can I even make it to the bottom or will I drown in the process?

I find the answers when I recognize the voice of the compelling force.

“My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.” Psalm 27:8



Maureen Maniquis moved to Florida 10 years ago from Bern, Switzerland where she and her husband were living for 6 years while working at the American Embassy. While there, they helped plant an English speaking church in the heart of the city that still thrives today to meet the needs of expats who desire to be a part of a community of fellow believers. Maureen has been a part of the Restoration Church Core Team since its plant in 2010 and currently serves on the Hospitality Team and Prayer Team and will be a regular contributor to our blogs. She has published a book of her memoirs and is a passionate writer on Gospel living and pointing people to the heart of Jesus.



Jul 7, 2015

That was beautiful, creative, and artistic!! So profound and complex. You touch on an area of life that is rarely addressed these days; the secret life inside our minds, the place that no man goes, but God.

Janet White says

Jul 6, 2015

Very inspirational! You plumb the depths and then some. Thank you Maureen.


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