Sunday, July 15, 2007

Understanding

Eph 3:17-19, NIV

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge —that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

I recently returned from a vacation with my friend and her 3 ½ year old son. We stayed with my friend’s parents so it was a little bit hard to remove ourselves from the space the toddler was in to discuss our plans. Like any 3 ½ year old, if we allowed him to hear us discussing going to the park, or a movie, or the zoo, he would latch on to that and not allow us to easily change our plans. So we did what many adults do to pre-school aged children. We spelled out the words we didn’t want him to hear.

I guess he caught on because the last day we were there he suggested that we should go to the ‘p-r-c’ and buy him a Slurpee. Now ‘p-r-c’ doesn’t actually mean anything having to do with where you buy slushy drinks. But he figured out that when we spell it meant something good. One of the more common things we were spelling is p-a-r-k. Perhaps that’s where he got it.

This morning our teaching was about Paul the apostle’s prayer for the church in Ephesians 3. I wondered if our attempts to understand God are something like knowing that good things happen some place with a ‘p’ and an ‘r’. I also thought about the grace our God who honours our attempts to know him better even though He surpasses that knowledge.

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