Love That Surpasses Knowledge

“Let go and let God.” It’s a common saying that trivializes a challenging act. When trouble comes, fear and worry are natural responses.

Even so, the cliché itself — simplistic as it is — has roots in scripture. The Book of Proverbs does say to, “Trust in The Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Thankfully, the same God that tells us to trust Him is gracious enough to show us why we should.

As I’ve mentioned before, trading journalism for work at a nonprofit was a vocational leap of faith. My primary duties did not include writing or editing copy at the start. And while I had peace about my position’s purpose, I can’t say I wasn’t concerned I’d crossed a career Rubicon.

Yet for a writer, my own worries have a way of causing me to forget the narrative. God has always taken my own limited abilities and multiplied them. I have a resume full of editorial experience today, but little more than 3 years ago, I’d never published a word.

God, who knit me together in my mother’s womb, had a perfect plan for rendering what He’d already given. He’d take the many interviews I’d conducted, and use them to help me interact with dozens of volunteers. He’d take my familiarity with reading press releases to help me write them. And he’d use an editor’s need for well-sourced information to provide me with a basis for writing grants.

What’s more, He has a way of revealing His Ephesians 3: 16–19 love in all the moments where I am bereft. This phrase, from verse 19, is overwhelming: “ … to know this love that surpasses knowledge … “

Every day, we’re confronted by questions where our only honest response is, “I am not skilled to understand.” But here, the Word makes plain that we don’t need to be. Instead, grasping this unknowable, vast love, we may be “ … filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”

In the past, I’d begin my workday by writing down a list of tasks. I’d jot down corresponding boxes and watch as the checkmarks piled up. That’s not something I do any longer. I rarely know exactly what the days will bring or how much I’ll accomplish. But like Superman under a yellow sun, I know the Father’s love will empower me to do everything in His plan for my life.

Let go and let God. Let Him love, heal, empower and equip you, and never, ever stop believing that He will.

Work-Life Balance

As the medium becomes increasingly digital, career opportunities in writing and editing have grown scarcer. Never a pursuit to yield high compensation, the professional prospects for my editorial peers and I are as dim as they have ever been.

It’s challenging to have your work published, more daunting still to be paid anything for it and the ratio of full-time positions applied for to responses — much less interviews or job offers — received is often several dozen to one. And that’s if you’re successful.

At 26, with 3 years of experience and one full-time editorial job under my belt, it’d seem the least advisable decision would be to turn down a position with a Washington Metropolitan Area publication that is read and appreciated by thousands of people a day and millions each month, but here I am.

By nature, I’ve always embraced opportunities and felt that God Himself ordained their timing, as though they were gifts. As such, I’m most vexed when I must agonize over multiple paths forward. This March, I was presented with a choice, at the center of which was the concept of work-life balance.

To take a job in Arlington, Va. and advance my career would have meant a departure from the home I’ve known, and the family, friends and dog I love. The financial considerations of living in a more expensive place notwithstanding, the move represented a serious shift in my life outside of work, to the degree that it was unclear what else I’d be doing.

Although I’m sure that’s a scenario faced by most single people who pack up and move for new jobs, it was one I could never feel completely settled about. And it’s why, when another place I’d applied to expressed an interest in me, I chose to (at least temporarily) step away from something I sincerely considered a dream.

In accepting the role of Volunteer Coordinator at the Atlantic City Rescue Mission, I didn’t just ensure a “balance” between my day job and recreation; I also managed to combine my personal faith with my professional skills.

The truth is, as John Bevere puts it, “There is nothing good for you outside of God.” Fortunes fade away, fame is forgotten and kingdoms of stone or brick and mortar will surely fall apart. All that truly matters is what I can do today, tomorrow and for however many years I have on Earth to share and live out the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ. Nothing more, nothing less.

I was created by God, for His pleasure and purpose. And before I received any offer from a rescue mission, I was called by Him to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless and love my neighbors. While I am blessed to be paid a livable salary to put this call into action, the greatest privilege is the ability to be a source of light and hope to those in need, many of whom reside in the building where I work.

Who needs more balance than that?