We were made for companionship. For tender togetherness. For moments of sweet contentment, created by and enfolded in deep relationship. We yearn to be known, to be seen through, to be accepted for who we fear we really are:
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)
Our great desire for this sort of all-seeing love evolves not by accident. God created us for just such a relationship — a relationship of rest, one where we’re fully known and still truly loved. Love of this sort frees, even as it humbles. Love of this sort truly does fortify us for any difficulty life can throw at us.
Does your heart yearn for non-superficial tenderness? Are you worn thin by pretense, and weary of fighting to maintain a veneer that shouts I’m worthwhile! Deep within, do you crave this sort of fully-known and truly-loved love?
Turn to the Father. For even the truest of earthly loves can only faintly shadow His lavish love. His love, freely offered, wipes away all need for posturing and hiding.
His love casts out all fear.
Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
For a word-picture of God’s rescuing love, one I often return to when feeling weary and worn, please click here: REDEEMED RANSOMED ADOPTED.