How Profound is Being Profound? :: By Don Twobears

Thoughts were coursing through my mind this morning. I came upon a Word that sort of confused me a bit. The word is “Profound.” How strange is this? Being a writer, words are my stock and trade (so to speak). It sort of struck me that most think a writer is supposed to have a Profound Understanding of words; and yet, that word “Profound” eludes me to a degree. Why? I am not too sure.

Actually, it sort of surprised me a bit as to how I came to think about that word. My Cousin is dealing with Cancer; and after 50 years in the Medical Field, that…shouldn’t bother me…really. Somehow or some way, it has. Could it be because my Cousin and I are so close in age? Probably not. Or could it be that Cancer in general is bothersome to me? It hasn’t been that way before. So why is my reaction to this…more Profound?

I decided to look in Webster’s Dictionary, and this is what it said:

PROFOUND’, a. L.profundus; pro and fundus, bottom.

  1. Deep; descending or being far below the surface, or far below the adjacent places; as a gulf profound.
  2. Intellectually deep; that enters deeply into subjects; not superficial or obvious to the mind; as a profound investigation; profound reasoning; a profound treatise.
  3. Humble; very lowly; submissive; as a profound reverence for the Supreme Being.
  4. Penetrating deeply into science or any branch of learning; as a profound scholar; a profound mathematician; a profound historian.
  5. Deep in skill or contrivance.

The revolters are profound to make slaughter.

  1. Having hidden qualities.

Upon the corner of the moon there hangs a vap’rous drop profound.

PROFOUND’, n. The deep; the sea; the ocean; as the vast profound.

  1. The abyss.

I travel this profound.

PROFOUND’, v.i. To dive; to penetrate.

Then, I researched another angle, so to speak. Is there a way to measure the word Profound? There is none to be found, evidently; this word is very extensive indeed. If one is feeling something in a very Profound manner, how deep is that feeling? It was strange to me to find no reference to measuring the “Profoundness…of Profound.” We can measure so many things, yet being “Profound” is not one of them. This is when the Word of God came to mind.

How Profound is the Love of the Lord for all of us? How Profound are HIS Blessings to us? How Profound is our Sin concerning the Lord? And why do I find my Cousin having Cancer to be so Profound at the moment?

Please understand, I spent 50 years in the Medical Field; My Mom died of Pancreatic Cancer; My Wife had a Lymphoma under her left eye. She endured 3 1/2 weeks of Daily Radiotherapy for it as well. And after all of this, I have no way to measure the Intensity of the word “Profound.” Trust me when I say these instances in my Life are indeed “Profound.”

Luke 22:44 “And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”

That, my Friends…is some serious and Profound…Praying! How “Profound” was the Lord’s love for us as HE hung on that Cross at Calvary? How Profound was HIS Beating before being Crucified? How Profound is our Sin…in the eyes of the Lord God? And then, it becomes even more Profound when we realize that our Sin is what stands between you and me and the Lord! So Profound, that should we fail to Ask the Lord to forgive us of our Sin…it sends us to Hell for Eternity! Our Profound Choice. Indeed, it is a very Intense word that has no measurement!

Matthew 27:45-46 “Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”

Again, how Profound was the Lord when HE cried that?! How Profound was HIS Pain and suffering?

The Intensity of the word “Profound” is greater than we truly believe, and to think, there is no way to measure it. I am very sure the Lord has a way to measure it, but we do not.

We are able to measure the intensity of the Sun, and it is 93.28 Million miles from earth. The Moon is 238,533 miles from earth. Having stated that, the Intensity of the Sun’s effects on us here on earth is measured in Degrees…am I correct? Therefore, the Sun is indeed Profound in its intensity. We see that effect in Droughts across the globe; we feel it on our skin. So, we have ways to measure things according to its intensity, everything except for the Word Profound. This does indeed confound me to a degree. Thus, how Profoundly sad is the Lord when we Sin? Evidently, that is some serious sadness; yet…we as humans continue to commit Sin. How serious should our Sin be to you and me?!

Obviously, we should be more concerned by our Sin than we are…am I correct? I am Profoundly serious about this issue! What about you?

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

All Passages of Scripture come from the King James Version of the Bible.

All Emphasis is mine