BY THE NUMBERS

spreadsheetAnd 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. Ephesians 3:17-19

 

Back in the Dark Ages, when a newly-hired computer technician came into my office and plunked down my very first “personal computer,” I asked him what I was supposed to do with it. “Come to the training session this afternoon at 2:00,” he said, as he connected sinister-looking wires and cables. So I did. During the training, we were given a lesson in basic computer operations and enlightened about the infinite capacity of computer memory. “Your personal computer can store numbers in such mass quantities that the paper it would take to record them would reach all the way to the core of the earth and back out the other side!” I was impressed. I couldn’t even keep the numbers in my checkbook straight.

 

Sometime later, when I read today’s Scripture passage, I was reminded of that first revelation imparted to me about computers and numbers. But suddenly, computers didn’t seem nearly as impressive as the love of Christ! The Apostle Paul prayed for Christ’s followers to be “rooted and established in love,” and that love was so “wide and long and high and deep” that it was truly infinite! In all of space and time from everlasting to everlasting, there would never be an end to the love of Christ that each of us can count on all the days of our lives and throughout eternity.

 

Since my first experience with a “PC,” there have been many advances and changes in the world of electronics. It used to take a whole room to produce the same technology we now have on our phones and other hand-held devices. Most of us rely heavily on electronic devices, but perhaps we’d be better off to place our trust in the One Who created all things. He will never “go offline” or abandon us in our hour of need. And He is plugged in and ready to operate any time day or night!

 

Creator God, stir in me the knowledge of Your never-ending, infinite and eternal love! Amen

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