I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 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. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:16-21 NLT
Recently I’ve come to recognize that there is a wall between me and the realization of the deep love God has for me. And you know if there is a wall its one I erected. A friend shared that she felt God wanted me to know that there was something I still needed to break free of. And there is. It’s this wall or more like an impenetrable force field. All around me to protect me from hurt. And it works.
But like all things that keep bad things out, they also keep good things out. As a recovering people pleaser who flees any hint of conflict, it is difficult to turn off the force field. When it’s off, the real me has to show up with all my stuff. You know, the stuff that you personally are free of but you still wonder what “they” will say or think about you if “they” know. Will they still be pleased with me?
That’s why this passage resonates so deeply with me. In Paul’s prayer, he wanted the Ephesians to truly grasp how God loves us all. Collectively and individually. Knowing what he does about me, God still chooses to love me. It’s the same for you. He loves you and wants you and me to be rooted and grounded in His love. And just like trees, the depth of the roots depends on the soil its planted in.
As we spend daily time with God, reading his Word, worshipping and praying we create the right “soil” in our hearts. When we trust God we allow him to make his home in our hearts. That’s what I’m working on. Spending time with the lover of my soul. Surrendering my force field to him. I trust that he will be pleased with me. Selah… ~ Andrea
Your Turn: What do you need to surrender to allow God’s love to grow deep in your heart? Will you start today? Please share your thoughts with us. ~ Breath on Paper