Extravagant Love

This photo has hung on the wall in my workroom for the past four years. I found it one day in a charity shop (that’s a ‘thrift shop’ for some readers). I hadn’t gone there with any intention of buying anything that day, I was with a friend who enjoys charity shops as much as I do. While she was in the queue at the checkout, my eyes casually scanned the shop. Suddenly the simple, black and white photograph caught my eye.

“I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit” (Ephesians 3:16 NLT)

In a wooden frame, the picture was leaning against the wall, half obscured by other frames. But I could see it was something special and felt my heart start to beat a little faster as I cleared the other frames out of the way. I pulled the picture out, leant against the others and stood back to look at it properly. I couldn’t take my eyes off it.

Standing there, in the middle of the busy shop, noisy with the sound of chatter and passing traffic, I I looked at how the water gushed over the outstretched, cupped hands, filling them and spilling over in an abundant flow. And in those few seconds, I was reminded that this is how God gives! It’s how He provides for His children and how He gives His love: not in a little trickle, but in a mighty, lavish, gushing abundance, that you cannot contain. It saturates, spills over, touches those around you.

Often, when I look at this photo as it hangs on my wall, I’m reminded of the scripture below:

“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.”

Ephesians 3:18-19


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I love getting together with friends and sharing with each other over a cup of coffee what God is doing in our lives, it boosts my faith and lifts my heart. That's the aim of this blog. There's a story behind it; It was inspired after a friend gave me a single mustard seed, saying ‘that’s all it takes Jill’. What my friend didn’t know was that the very same morning God had reminded me of a promise He'd made to me over 20 years before regarding writing. I took the mustard seed home, planted it and watched it grow from a tiny sapling to a large, flourishing shrub at our front door. Every time I look at it it reminds me that our God is always true to his promises. Jesus lives in and works through his people, every single day. It's good to share what he's doing! I love talking about Him and writing about Him.

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