You are Known by: Radonna Dodge

In a season of limited interaction with people and modified schedules, it’s easy to focus on what we lack:  the social gatherings, our favorite restaurants, the activities we call “normal”.  But although certain things in our life have grown quiet for this season, I am reminded that one thing as not changed – and that’s our God.  He has not grown quiet and He has not distanced Himself.    

The Word of God is full of passages that reminded us of this truth.  But one in particular stands out – and it’s a favorite for so many of us – Psalm 139.
Today let’s look at verses 1-6.  You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.  You know me when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.  You discern my going out and me lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.  Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.  You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.  

If I had to sum up these first 6 verses, I think it would be:  You are known! In a season of social distancing, a time when others can’t see your face or look you in the eye to perceive how you are doing, know this, the Spirit of God has searched you and knows you completely.  Nothing you do goes unnoticed and He completely understands your thoughts before you can form them into words.  This knowing is more than simply the tasks that you do, but it’s an intimate and complete understanding of our hopes, dreams, and fears – the wholeness of our life.

These verses conclude with this beautiful word picture:  “You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.”  This speaks to me of both protection and completion.  When I was in 7th grade Home Economics class during the sewing semester, one of my projects was a simple skirt.  Things went well until it was time to hem the bottom.  Truthfully, the circumference of that skirt was only a few inches, but it took me 3 days to finish.  My teacher was beginning to think that she was going to have to help me if the project was ever going to be completed!  

Quite honestly, sometimes we look at our life and think, “Does any of this really matter?”  “Does it make a difference to anyone?”  “Will I ever get past this?”  “Will this ever be finished!”Sweet lady, know this, our God sees you today and knows you fully.  He has surrounded you with Himself.  He is busy perfecting you and will continue that work until it’s complete.  You are His masterpiece; one that bears the very fingerprints of God.  So hang in there.  The best is yet to come! 

Personal Reflection:
Where do you see God at work in your life in this current season?