Matthew 6:6 (parentheses mine)
“But whenever you pray, go into your innermost chamber (the enclosed room of your heart) and be alone with Father God, praying to him in secret (not on public display). And your Father, who sees all you do, will reward you openly.”
I was thinking about the above verse as I’ve been preparing for this season and our church’s 21-day fast. It led to me many more thoughts that I felt to share with you, believing they will resonate with you also.
The things of the heart…no human can see or determine. Only God.
It’s hard because we naturally all so want to be seen and known. But many of us are not getting more intimate with God, the only One who can truly know us. So we make Facebook accounts and Instagrams, all in hopes of being seen and known, even though it is so incomplete and partial, to say the least. We’ll post our very best, be our very brightest, hoping someone will be interested.
It is a deep, insatiable cry of our hearts to be known.
But to be known as we truly yearn for, we must be exposed, fully undone.
We can’t hide parts of ourselves. Even in an intimate human relationship, parts of you can still be hidden and veiled, even unintentionally sometimes. You can only be fully known and fully intimate as you were created to be, by your Creator.
Our longing can and only will be fulfilled in the hidden intimacy with Jesus.
This is a great mystery…the presence of God and His indwelling spirit… ridiculous to the onlooker and the most beautiful gift known to mankind.
Regardless of our many questions, stumbling blocks, baggage…He beckons, ‘come away with Me…experience Me, deeply, not on the surface…’
1 Corinthians 2:13 “The Spirit, not content to flit around on the surface, dives into the depths of God and brings out what God planned all along.”
As I sat there, I felt Him say to me, and to you…
“I know you have questions, desires, pain, longings, dreams, fears…stop running everywhere else, trying to find answers and the more you long for. I have always been and will always be your answer. Fulfillment, real, lasting fulfillment, is only truly found in Me. Nothing else you endeavor to do or accomplish will mean as much as it could without first finding your deepest joy and life and satisfaction in Me.
Don’t you see it? Don’t you hear it? My call? All of My creation, since the beginning of time, has been whispering, sometimes shouting, beckoning YOU, telling of My desire for you, how I long for you.
Ocean waves, how they both roar and gently summon. Sunrises, sunsets, how they passionately and uniquely call out to anyone who will stop for a moment to breathe in and look and listen. While all of My creation is so vast in its’ call, yet it is so personal. Like that cloud or shooting star or a glimpse of a flying bird that only you see. I put them there for you because I so so love you. See My creation with new eyes – gifts and messages of love to you – drawing you closer, closer, closer still…can you hear My heart beat wildly for you?
All of creation just barely scratching the surface of My love for you. Think about that!
I’m calling you, setting you apart, not for service or for bettering you – but right now I’m setting you apart for Myself.
Oh come out of hiding, out of these many, many distractions, hindrances, noises, and hear my passionate whisper.
I just want you to know Me.
I just want to love you.”
You know, we have always been too good at hiding (ever since the beginning!!). When we messed up, saw and knew our own brokenness – our nakedness, our exposure…we hide behind devices, entertainment, books, achievements, jobs, success, failure, relationships, isolation, anger..we hide by remaining hurt, not allowing Him to come in and heal.
We are far more comfortable hiding our pain and pretending it’s not there than meeting Him face to face in silence and having all our pain exposed.
But oh if we’d face them, allow Him to see and have them, how we could be healed and whole.
But all too familiar we are with our limp, disguise, mask, we’ve even fooled ourselves.
But yet He sees it all. He waits. For us to come to Him. (James 4:8)
He wants to heal. He WANTS us fulfilled and whole.
Fulfilled and whole. These two words are so beautiful, wouldn’t it be amazing to live fulfilled and whole? It’s only possible with Jesus.
I’m just in constant awe of how much he loves us and his patience with us, we (everytime I say we I include me!) need Him so much, yet we so easily remain in our stubbornness and pride.
Oh, how He knows us. And loves us still.
Geez. Too good. No other fountain, no other well.
John 4:14 But whoever drinks the water that I give him will never be thirsty again. But the water that I give him will become in him a spring of water [satisfying his thirst] welling up [continually flowing, bubbling within him] to eternal life.”
John 6:35-40 Jesus said to them, “I am the Bread of Life. Come every day to me and you will never be hungry. Believe in me and you will never be thirsty. Yet I’ve told you that even though you’ve seen me, you still don’t believe in me. But everyone my Father has given to me, they will come. And all who come to me, I will embrace and will never turn them away. 38 And I have come out of heaven not for my own desires, but for the satisfaction of my Father who sent me. My Father who sent me has determined that I will not lose even one of those he has given to me, and I will raise them up in the last day. For the longing of my Father is that everyone who embraces the Son and believes in him will experience eternal life and I will raise them up in the last day!”
John 17:3 Eternal life means to know and experience You as the only true God, and to know and experience Jesus Christ, as the Son whom You have sent.
John 10:10 A thief has only one thing in mind—he wants to steal, slaughter, and destroy (this is not God! He is not a thief! He’s not trying to steal your happiness, good things in life, etc. this is the Enemy!) But I have come to give you everything in abundance,more than you expect —life in its fullness until you overflow!