How wide

Walking in the rain


We sit upstairs, eating our breakfast, watching as the people walk past our house. From this vantage point, we can see a snapshot of people’s lives – and they, rarely looking up, can’t see us. Sometimes it feels like we should be sitting there with popcorn, my boy and me, as we look and comment on the people below and imagine their lives.


A woman goes past with a big black dog, walking briskly, focused ahead, comfortable shoes, big strides. I don’t know whether she is excited to get to her day or trying to distract with the speed.


A lady, grey hair, shrivelled hands, pushes her trolley with tartan up the sides. I can’t hear it, but I imagine the wheels squeaking and creaking, because that’s how she looks too – the creakiness of old age and the everyday pain of living.


Three boys pass, in identical black clothing, their individuality stamped by their hairstyles: brushed forward or cut short or wiry and everywhere. They move as one, in a slow-moving mob, knit together somehow even as they want to shout their uniqueness.


These are the people who pass today. And God holds them all – how does He know all of our lives?

Sometimes I need to know the depth of God in my heart, how passionately and hugely he loves us. Today I am reflecting on the breadth of His love, that sweeps in the totality of ages and races and minutes and days, across oceans and nations.


I am not capable of loving that widely. I am glad that He is.


“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” (Ephesians 3:17b-19a NIV)

Over to you:

  • Which do you most need to reflect on today: the breadth or the depth of God’s love?


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20 Responses to How wide

  1. Alia Joy 22nd September, 2012 at 3:09 am #

    I need to be reminded of both and often. How easily I lose sight of His love sometimes. I’m like one of those people rushing by in life without remembering to look up to the eyes that are fixed on me. Thanks for the reminder.

    • Tanya 22nd September, 2012 at 10:45 am #

      I love your analogy – yes, that is it. Exactly. That is exactly what I was feeling. thanks so much for visiting!

  2. Jenna 21st September, 2012 at 10:00 pm #

    Stopping by from Five Minute Friday as I recognized your photo from Vicky Beeching’s blog this morning! Loved that one as well as your vivid descriptions here, Tanya. You certainly have a gift for observing the “seen” life and connecting it to the “unseen.” 🙂

    • Tanya 26th September, 2012 at 10:19 am #

      Sorry your comment got lost for a while in the spam filter! Thanks so much for your kind words – I love what you said about observing the seen and connecting to the unseen – I will treasure that.

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