I look at her, my mommy-shepherd, wanting her to continue.
"A mother who knows her baby, who knows what her baby needs by being completely attuned to the cues her baby gives her."
Yes. This is beautiful.
Our conversation drifts to the back of my mind until I am reading Psalm 139, which begins like this:
O Lord, you have searched me and you know me.My mind leaps back to the beauty of a mother knowing her baby as I read more of the psalm:
...you perceive my thoughts from afar...you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord...For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb...All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.God knows me.
God, the One Who weighs the clouds heavy with snow, knows me even more deeply than a mommy can know her baby.
This is beautiful.
And then I read something that I have read many times. This time, with the beauty of God's knowledge of me fresh in my mind, I am stunned.
Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.The wonder of this takes my breath away and I want to check, to be sure this is true.
I know that the Old and New Testaments were written in different languages, but I check my Strong's for the meanings of "know" in both chapters and they are remarkably similar. It is the same kind of knowing.
We will know God as deeply as He knows us.
Stop for just a moment and let that fill up your heart.
Lately my heart has been too full of the mystery of God. I often struggle to see Him in the midst of the busyness, the hurts and disappointments of life.
My heart needs to hear this, to savor it: God wants me to know Him.
I search for more of this truth. If you, too, need this, go slowly. Let God breathe these words into your distant heart and draw you close to Him.
I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me - just as the Father knows me and I know the Father.
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.
For I desire mercy and not sacrifice, and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
This is what the LORD says: 'Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom...but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD.'
I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD.I am filled with this beauty.
God knows all of the deepest pieces of me and in all of His knowledge of my dark places, He desires that I know Him just as deeply.
Scriptures in order: I Corinthians 13.12; John 10.14-15; Ephesians 1.17; Hosea 6.6; Jeremiah 9.23-24; Jeremiah 24.7
Painting is Christ in the House of Martha and Mary by Johannes Vermeer