19 July 2016
Rooted and Grounded in Love
...to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith - that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
- Ephesians 3.16-21
These verses were part of my morning reading, and I would like to commit them to memory (even more than they walk around in my head already). These words, to me, encompass the love of God as we can know it, and as we can enjoy it through imagination, community, stories, and sharing with others. If Christ dwells in us, our actions, communications, and creations all echo the love of God and it surpasses even our own understanding.
God can use our talents/passions/creations to bring about something so good it would defy all trials if we were to attempt to make it known on our own. By our embracing the gift we were given, God can use it to fit good pieces into place that our hands just cannot manage. Our tiny placement is indeed part of God's wonder-filled plan.
I love the thought that we can have knowledge with the saints of depth, height, length, and breadth of God, and yet still be underneath even greater knowledge that surpasses us all. That reveals mystery to me, which invokes appealing desire to keep learning, with knowledge that I can always continue to learn and never run out of mystery to ponder.
That notion is deeply appealing to me. The depth we go with God actually goes deeper. The rabbit hole continues onward....The mystery dwells within us and we do not fully understand. God is at work, creatively, actively within us, amidst nature, around the world.
God is not a leader of just one region of the world that will make choices to hurt a people. Battles have ensued since ancient times. God is the prolific Author of the story of life. He sees and rules above all, and is not bound by our needs or our tendencies to be destructive. He is love, and the paradox is we can choose to model and embrace that love, or not.