Posted by: CJ | September 26, 2009

Deep and Wide

Do you remember this childhood Sunday School song?

Deep and wide
Deep and wide
There’s a fountain flowing deep and wide
Deep and wide
Deep and wide
There’s a fountain flowing deep and wide

And do you remember that each time it’s sung, after the first time, Hmmm is put in the place of a word or phrase until, at the end, it’s only Hmmms that are being sung?

And do you remember the movements to the song?

Good memory if you do…

This little song came to my mind this week as I was reflecting on a point that has been reinforced all through my journey with the Lord so far, and that you’ll hear me reference often.

Even when we don’t want to admit it (which is most of the time), we all realize that we won’t know everything there is to know (about anything) until we leave this life and meet our Lord face to face… that while here, we know “in part” as we read in I Corinthians 13:12b:

…Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. NRSV translation

My reflections this week took me again, as so many times before, to the idea that… even though we know only in part now… we have no way to measure or consider how much we may know… nor, in comparison to God’s perfect wisdom and understanding and counsel and power and knowledge and right fear of the Lord, we have no way to gauge how much “part” is.

It’s the kind of thought I’m often led into and, in this case, it’s completed with the next thought’s point being that we should keep reaching beyond ourselves and let the Lord take us as “deep and wide” as He will… that the fountain is, indeed, flowing “deep and wide”.

We too often assume that “not all” means “only a little”… without allowing the vastness of all that God has given and is willing to share with us to be part of that equation.

It seems reasonable to me that this Father who is so devoted to each of us and all His creation has given beyond our ability to understand, much less measure.

It would be a grievous thing to stand before Him and see how little we’d partaken of His goodness because we refused to see beyond the boundaries of our own minds.

It’s true that we won’t “know Him” completely while we are here… but what if we let that thought be the motivation to press in and “know Him” as completely as He desires… what if we press and press and press and let Him tell us… enough already.

What if His limits are beyond our imaginations and understandings… but we press in anyway and trust that He knows exactly where we are going…

What if, like Abram, we “go” because He has called us to “go” and, corn-pone as it sounds… leave the driving to Him…

What is the “part” that we may know Him? What is the “part” that we may trust Him? What is the “part” of the heights that we may reach for?

What if we just put our rulers and measuring tapes away and let Him set the course…

What if we…
Put our hands in the hand of the man
Who stilled the water

What if we…
Put our hands in the hand of the man
Who calmed the sea

What if we…
Take a look at ourselves
And look at others differently

What if we…
Put our hands in the hand of the man
From Galilee

Yes, I surely took my “corn” pill today… but, what if… anyway…


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