Fully known. Deeply loved.
For a few of us, there is an “or” between those two things. We put up fronts because we don’t want others to know the things we do behind closed doors or who we really are. What if they won’t like us anymore? Is it possible that those who love us most hardly know us at all? We feel that someone who knows us fully could never love us deeply so it must be one or the other.
God knows that I messed up and quite possibly have lost a friend because of it. He saw me yesterday when I was so angry that I raised my voice at someone. He heard the things I thought throughout the day. He knows me fully. He loves me deeply. He loves me so deeply that he corrects me and sets me straight when I decide to be a little stupid sometimes.
With Jesus there is no “check only one box”, it’s a package deal.
“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.”
1 Corinthians 13:12
Crowned beauty, the Lord knows you better than you know yourself. He knows the very number of hairs on your head (Luke 12:7)… Your heart. Your hurt. Your everything. And He wants it more than anything else.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new”
2 Corinthians 5:17
I want to close this post with the lyrics of a song I heard recently called Broken Prayers by Riley Clemmons.
You want my tears, every messy word
Every scar and every fear
You want all I have
With no holding back
When I’m hurt, at my worst
You meet me there
‘Cause You see the beauty
In my broken prayer