Love That Surpasses All Understanding…
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, 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.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen
What kind of love do you believe in?
Some people hold the sentiment of God’s love close to their heart… “God loves me” they say. And though this statement has been immensely acknowledged at the cross of Jesus Christ, the above verse seems to indicate that there is yet a width to this love, along with a length and height and a depth, that have yet to be discovered. An exceedingly inconceivable expression of this love that surpasses the mere knowledge and understanding itself.
When a man gives a woman flowers for no reason, she feels good and is thankful for a time through him showing that he was thinking about her at a time when they had to be apart…
This is the story of what I believe the surpassing love of Jesus Christ has done for me. Though we may not be fully together just yet, from what I know nowvin part, keeps my heart forever longing to comprehend this love that surpasses knowledge.
In the past four years I have worked for the same company. I started there in 2010 at 27 years old right from the bottom. I was a temp for nine months being paid minimum wage. That might sound like a complaint, but at this particular time in my life it just felt so good to be working again that I worked hard and did overtime and liked my job.
When I was hired on full time, I had to move locations in order to fill the position I applied for internally at another location. Little did I know what the Lord had in store. I hadn’t given my life to Jesus Christ yet, but was on my way through the process of getting to where I believe God had most definitely called me to be. Surprisingly, the position that I was now training for, was for one of the top 5 accounts in my company.
The young lady who trained me was actually so far beyond me in terms of qualifications and understanding of this account since she had been working on it for the past few years. She also was in the midst of attaining her cross border certifications, none of which I had. She was skilled not only in this account, but also diverse in a number of other top accounts as well.
It took months of me not caring about my job whatsoever to understand all that she was trying to teach me. I struggled, but really, I don’t even think I cared. I was battling with my own demons at the time and still overcoming much heartache, addiction, and pain in my own life.
On November 1st of 2012, nearly two years later, that’s when the Holy Spirit came into my life and I came to know that love of Jesus Christ. The remarkable, inconceivable, unconditional love that God had for me all my life yet I neglected through my own ignorance… But God had a plan and a purpose.
The story of my salvation is one of many colors in order to prepare me for where Jesus has called me to go and for all that He has called me to do. But this story is solely about His amazing grace in my career, through which, His name might be glorified by the change he was able to bring in one man’s life
Within a few months of this change, I started to find myself trying harder and really raising the bar on the level of dedication, commitment, and diligence that I put towards completing my work. I was constantly aware of the Lord’s presence in my life and was fully aware now that nothing was hid from His sight. It was both exciting to feel Him everywhere. It was very humbling to feel Him everywhere as well.
The location I was working at had a marvelous view of the airport and was one of the things I loved about it. I got to watch planes take off and land daily at only a few hundred feet away. But it was not too long after that I would have to move back to my home location where all the windows were covered with blinds to keep the glare off of the computer screens. Although through a new set of eyes, I could see past the temporary and needless, and was more thankful to have a job and be able to provide for myself, my family, and others than to have a nice view, I counted my blessings daily, humbly thanked the Lord, and never gave another thought to it.
In the next few months, I began to think of how it would ever be possible to advance in my position since the only person above me on the account I worked on had so much more experience and knowledge and background than I did. I wondered if being a Christian meant succeeding and whether my job glorified Christ in this way. In just wondering this thought, but with no real thought on what to do about it, a few weeks went by when I came in one day to hear that the lead on my account had been abruptly let go for no apparent reason. Guess who was her replacement. Just like that, I became the lead of one of the top 5 accounts within my organization. I saw God’s majesty through the events and glorified God in His greatness that I now had eyes to behold the things He was doing. I remembered my own thoughts and wondered to myself if He would do all this simply because He heard my thought and could this be an expression of His love for me?
I tried to honor my newly blessed position in my work ethic by putting in late nights and just learning all of the in’s and out’s of this particular account. I was careful not to let the greatness of God’s blessings puff me up into taking God’s grace for granted, but by humbly acknowledging His love for me and His attentiveness to my hearts silent cries that I would otherwise never voice out of a feeling that my issues were to unimportant to approach the God of all the universe with.
A few more months passed by and I was learning more about different aspects of the Christian faith as well as learning to surrender all to the Lord Jesus when I found myself uttering an ungrateful statement to a co-worker. I said: “I miss my old location sometimes because we had such an amazing view of planes taking off and landing”. As soon as the words left my lips I remember thinking of how grateful I should be to even still be here and even more, in this position. So I quickly repented and praised the Lord for His goodness and grace and moved on.
A few months went by again when our company made this announcement: they were exceedingly lucky to have acquired a new building because the three big name companies who once occupied the majority of it, had all reached the end of their lease at the same time, and surprisingly, all three companies decided not to renew. This left management in a tough spot and caused them to lower the lease price significantly to fill the vacancy immediately, which allowed my company to consolidate three locations into one on the 9th, 10th, and 11th floor.
Now this is the additionally interesting part. The building has windows with floor to ceiling windows, and the building overlooks the airport with an even more spectacular than the one that I was complaining about a few months earlier!
In writing this, I wanted to leave you with a simple question:
Do you believe in the grace of a sovereign Creator of the universe, who loves you so exceedingly beyond all understanding and knowledge, that He would cause a major shift in real estate, finances, and the lives of hundreds of employees lives of in four major companies, all in order to make one saint and believer in the Lord Jesus Christ know His love, have a nice view, and simply to show him that He can?
The LORD says, “Then I will heal you of your faithlessness, my love will know no bounds, for my anger will be gone forever”