Lower thoughts, lower ways.

Category: On Life

There Is Always More

Paul says in Ephesians that we can “know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge.” (Eph 3:19)

Curiously structured, the verse brings a feeling of limitation, of reaching a dead end of sorts where a towering wall stands. We raise our heads, stretch our necks and stand on our toes, longing to see what’s on the other side, wondering what it would take to know.

A few sentences before that passage, Paul tells us “that you may have strength to comprehend.” We need muscle to grasp the message, lest our weakness get in the way of seeing it in all its fullness, in all the extravagance of its dimensions. The ticket is not an above average IQ or a PhD from a well-known university, worldly measures available to only a select few. Paul breaks our long-held concept of knowledge and tells us that we can actually comprehend the love of Christ through a God-given strength, an attribute anyone can receive and develop regardless of upbringing, social class or education.

And if we do get the privilege to see beyond the limits of our own understanding, what glory would that bring? Are we ready to take a peek behind the curtain into the Holy of Holies, a place our human knowledge never before imagined it would venture into? Maybe that is why we need strength, because this all is too much for us, the vision — overwhelming, the sight — too blinding, the revelation — unsettling. Jesus letting us into the mystery requires every tiny bit of the might we can muster.

Isaiah 55:9: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts.”

1 Corinthians 3:19: “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God.”



Losing is Finding


It’s still the first day of the year, but I have already been told that 2015 will be a year of letting go. 2014 brought in so many new things, probably so many for my own good, that I would have to sift through all of it and ask God about the ones worth keeping. He promised me that if I do find the gems, they will be mine for life. It’s not going to be easy, He told me, because a lot of attachments have stuck like glue. There will be parts of me that will be painfully peeled off so that new skin may grow. I need to be careful about living in the past and picking at the scab. Unless I let it be, I will keep wounding myself and avoiding the freshness about to come.

“For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” Matthew 16:25

Tow’rs – Swelling Sea

Patience is key, my friend. Let’s wait. All in time, the song says. All in good time.