Plumbing the Breadth
“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 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, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesian 3:17-19, NIV)
I would like to start by acknowledging that the usual term is “plumbing the depths”. I’m sure it is a term that most of us have come across at some point or another. The original nautical term comes from when a sailor would lower a lead weight on a piece of rope to the bottom of the waters. This would allow them to gauge how deep the waters were. I have heard this being applied to God’s love many times. We are called to push deeper into His love, to be surrounded and upheld by it. However, we are also called to explore the breadth, the length and the height of God’s love.