Friday, September 21, 2012

Deep and Wide!

It's Five Minute Friday and I am blogging on the prompt "Wide" suggested by the Five Minute Friday leader Lisa Jo Baker. Interested in knowing more and joining the gang, go to

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Mrs. Wright would stand up and announce, “Okay, Sunbeams, it’s time to sing.”

We’d pop up from the colorful round rug and stand up, stretching our five-year-old bodies. “Jesus Loves Me” would already be playing. Our Southern Baptist Sunday school room was a tiny dot in the middle of West Texas, but to me it was the center of my universe.

One of my favorite songs that our little lungs would belt out was “Deep and Wide.”

“Deep and Wide, Deep and Wide, there’s a fountain flowing Deep and Wide…”

We’d add hand motions and for fun try to sing it really quickly and really slowly. I loved it.

Forty-five years later, the lyrics to that song come to mind as easily as my phone number. Engrained on my heart, it evokes childhood joy and the simple pleasure of innocence. And as I think about it today, I realize the meaning behind those lyrics. It’s all about the love of Jesus!

His love pours over us. Unconditional, all consuming and without end!

I see that little Robbie in that Sunbeam circle and I smile. Little did she know, angels were dancing around her and Jesus’ love was being poured out like a fountain on her five-year-old heart.

The great news? Today nothing has changed but time. I’m now a 50 year old Sunbeam under a waterfall of His great Deep and Wide love!


Unknown said...

You most definitely are a sunbeam! I'm so grateful for the light and joy you bring into my life! And even more grateful to the one whose love runs deep and wide!

Robbie Iobst said...

Ah Stacy, thank you!!! I love that I see Jesus in you! :0)

Michelle said...

What a great memory! So glad the word "wide" brought a little joy to your day!

Robbie Iobst said...

Thank you Michelle! It's amazing what one word can bring to mind! :0) Blessings on your day!

Denise said...

Jesus shines through you.

Robbie Iobst said...

Thank you Denise! What a kind thing to say. Blessings to you!!