I became a born again believer in the Lord Jesus Christ forty years ago today, on September 17, 1975. The anniversary has been on my mind for awhile now. I knew I would write about it when the day came, and I've wondered what I would actually attempt to communicate about the most important experience of my life.
I'm at a loss to know, and I find this to actually be the best and most appropriate response to the wonder of salvation, and of the Savior. Life in Christ involves superlatives and beyond. His power is "exceeding, abundantly above all we ask or think." The peace of God "passeth all understanding." He gives "joy unspeakable and full of glory." The Lord Jesus supplies and is "life… more abundant." His mercy is "everlasting," and most wondrously, "the love of Christ passeth knowledge" (Ephesians 3:20; Philippians 4:7; I Peter 1:8; John 10:10; Psalm 100:5; Ephesians 3:19). Such transcendant glory defies language, and at any point that we consider ourselves to have found words that fully explain and express the marvel of life in Christ, we can know that we've been distracted from the glory thereof.
"Oh the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out!" (Romans 11:33).
I feel unexpectedly subdued in seeking to communicate what that day so long ago meant, and what it means. As the Psalmist expressed of God's intimately and intricately involved saturation in our lives, "Such knowledge is too wonderful for me!" (Psalm 139:6). So that is what I will affirm on this day that I feel far more than I understand and can express. "Too wonderful!" It is, and rejoice with me in the glory that, most vividly known, elicits praises and gratitude that cannot begin to be adequately expressed…
"His name shall be called Wonderful."
Weekly Memory Verse
But let all those that put their trust in Thee rejoice. Let them shout for joy because Thou defendest them. Let them also that love Thy name be joyful in Thee.