You are fully known.
We all feel that pull, that question bubbling up from the youngest age: do you see me? Do you know who I am? As creatures made for relationship, we spend so much of our lives looking for connection, acceptance and understanding from the people in our lives. Even though we often fear it, we still have a deep-seated desire to be KNOWN.
Here’s the thing: your Maker put that desire in there on purpose. Because HE knows you. Like we talked last week, He created you and knows everything about you. From the hairs on your head to the atoms that make up cells that make up organs in your body, to the depths of your heart and mind and soul. Tauren Well, in his song “Known” calls it hard truth and ridiculous grace. Because God sees the good, the bad, and the ugly. And He loves us STILL. It’s hard to swallow, hard to accept, and hard to receive.
And yet, it’s part of what makes the difference. What would your life look like if you believed that? That you don’t have to hide or pretend or achieve some unbelievable perfection because you’re ALREADY fully known and LOVED right there in the midst of the mess? Suddenly you have to work so hard to prove yourself, or vie for attention, or be the life of the party or hide in a corner in shame – none of that or any other iteration – because you’re already known and loved.
Let that sink in.
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See, when our identity is firmly planted in the security of being fully loved, it makes the difference. Your Maker know everything there is to know about you – the good, the bad, the ugly. Motives, wounds, intentions, dreams – He sees them, right down to your core.
For some, this is terrifying. We picture judgement, condemnation, and a whole assortment of things that we’ve collected over the years from people, stories, or experiences, and we assume that’s God’s perspective.
But it’s not.
God’s disposition is love. It’s actually WHO HE IS. Even in the midst of the mess and the heartache, the anger and the pain, the joy and the laughter, He’s still there, arm outstretched like the movie Aladdin saying, “do you trust me?” He’s just patiently waiting for you to receive it and believe it could be true.
And when we do, slowly but surely, He gets to work on our insecurities, washing away the mud and the muck until we rest, fully known and fully loved. Maybe that’s not so scary after all. He’s trustworthy.
Join the Journey
These questions are an invitation for you to #jointhejourney into #growingfierce. It’s a partnership. If we ever want to step beyond where we are today, to step into great awareness and growth in who we are made to be, we have to start by showing up, stepping out and leaning into what God wants to do in our hearts. However and wherever you process stuff like this, get there and take this next step.
- Think about, for a moment, the idea that you are ACTUALLY completely known, seen and adored by God, your maker. What’s your first gut reaction to this idea? Make a list with two columns. On the left, list the logical and emotional responses in you.
- Now on the right, ask yourself – why? Why do you think you automatically respond that way? Is it positive? Why? Is it negative? Where do you think that might have come from? Write a why for each reaction.
- “To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us.” (Tim Keller) Mull this quote over then ask yourself: what might be different in me and in my life, if I walked in the truth of how God knows and loves me?
- Find a Bible and find Psalm 139 again. Read verses 1-18. This poem was written by one of the most memorable kings of the Bible, David. The youngest of 8 boys, a shepherd turned warrior turned king, he could have had some serious issues to work through. Yet, he was chosen because while “people judge by outward appearance, the Lord looks at the heart.” (1Sam 16:7) He wasn’t perfect, but he was known and loved. If you’d like, write a letter of response to God about what you read here.
- Take it further: look at the list you made above. Pause for a moment and, out loud or in your heart, ask God how to move forward. Choose one negative response and ask Him how He wants to heal and remove that block. Think about a positive response and thank Him for it.