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"My Husband Has a Problem"
I think my husband has a problem. He has a movie watching problem. He watches tons of movies. He watches ALL types- action/adventure, comedy, drama, mystery, foreign, classic, old, new, black and white or color. He will even, periodically, watch a romantic comedy with me. He doesn’t enjoy it, but he watches just to appease me.
Part of his movie watching obsession has to do with where he watches a movie (location, location, location). The romantic comedies he is willing to watch in the living room through Netflix on our TV and through our home entertainment sound system. Other movies he wants to see in the theatre, on the big screen, and still others he waits and plans and tracks the release to be sure that he sees it in IMAX 3D, THX sound, “the way it was meant to be seen”. If something explodes on screen he wants to feel it rumble down deep in his chest. He wants to see and hear everything larger and louder than life. He doesn’t want to watch the film, he wants to experience it. He wants to be immersed.
There is a big difference between watching something and experiencing it. The runners in a marathon have a much different experience than those cheering them on along the sidewalk. People in a car wreck have a much different day than those who get caught in traffic trying to crane their neck to survey the damage. And people at Disney World have a much different week than those who get a postcard saying “wish you were here”. Experiencing something makes it really, really real.
Ephesians 3:16-19 says “I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 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.”
Our relationship with Christ was never meant to be 2 dimensional. Our relationship with Christ is fully immersive. His love reaches all parts, heart, soul and mind, width, length, height and depth. There is not a part of us that his love can’t reach. There is not a weakness that his Holy Spirit can’t empower with inner strength. There is not a storm that our deep roots wrapped around his love can’t withstand. The only limit is in our ability to fully comprehend. But when we experience his love, when we are fully immersed in it, we are complete and full and powerful. It is not from us…it comes from God.