The Length of God’s Love
“And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully.” (Ephesians 3:18-19 NLT)
Ramblings from Connor’s dad – The story goes that a long time ago Mr. Smith lived up in the mountains. He had lived his whole life there. He’d heard stories of the vastness of the ocean, and within its depths, its own world of creatures. One day he set out to see the ocean firsthand. He was gone for months and his friends became anxious. Finally, one day Mr. Smith returned to the relief of everyone.
The news of his return spread and soon everyone gathered to hear of his adventure. He told them of his incredible experience and the ocean’s sheer size. Even though he had never been around water before, he had worked up the courage to venture into the water! He described the creatures that he encountered. Everyone was amazed at his experience. They listened to him for hours.
For years after his adventure, Mr. Smith discussed with anyone who would listen, his experience with the ocean. He talked of its greatness. In great detail he described how wide, how long, and how deep it was. The people were in awe of it.
Many years later Mr. Smith died of old age. After his death, his Bible was given to his grandson, who had moved away to attend college. While examining the Bible, he found a map of his grandfathers great adventure to the ocean. To his amazement, this educated young man realized that his grandfather had experienced not the ocean, but a large lake, in a nearby state.
My understanding of God’s love is very similar to Mr. Smith’s understanding of the ocean. I think I have a good idea of how great His love is, but its such a small fraction of it. The difference in us, is that I have encountered the ocean, or in this case, God’s love. But my grasp of His love’s length, and depth, and width, and hight, are just as inadequate.
Like Mr. Smith, I can’t even begin to comprehend…
For I will declare, “faithful love is build up forever; You establish Your faithfulness in the heavens.” (Psalms 89:2)