You Are Known
You have searched me, LORD,and you know me.You know when I sit and when I rise,you perceive my thoughts from afar.You discern my going out and my lying down,you are familiar with all my ways.— Psalm 139:1-3
Moms tend to be a dismissed bunch. I mean, how often have you told someone you were a mom and they responded by saying, “Really? Fascinating! Tell me more about that.” I’m going to go ahead and guess never.
When people hear that we are moms, they start asking about our kids. And because we love our kids, we gladly start talking about them. This may seem all well and good for a while, but it can lead to some devastating consequences. I’ve spent good chunks of time as a mom feeling like not only did no one really know me, but also that I wasn’t really worth knowing.
But this just isn’t true. God knows us. And he thinks we are worth knowing. Consider these words from the famous Psalm 139: “You know when I sit and when I rise… You discern my going out and my lying down.” God knows this about us! He knows when we sit (ahem: never). He knows when we rise (ahem: about four hundred times a night). He knows when we go out (ahem: not enough). And when we lie down (ahem: or crash into bed).
But seriously, how many people’s sitting and lying-down habits do you know? I can tell you when my husband and my kids sit and lie down. If my parents and brother keep the same schedule they did when I was a kid, I can guess. These are intimate, personal details to know about someone. Things you only pay attention to if you are really, really interested and really, really crazy about the person.
This is how God feels about us. We are worth knowing. And we are known. By God. How amazing is that?
So while the world may not always find us moms fascinating, God does. While others may not always know what our crazy or boring or somewhere-in-between days look like, God does. And while not everyone may know our deepest longings, the things we miss about our “old” lives, our hopes and dreams, our worries, our frustrations, our failures, and our victories, God does. With all the excitement and thrills and interesting things happening across the universe, God finds us fascinating.
From MOPS International : Theme Devotional
Known & Loved: 52 Devotions from the Psalms
by Caryn Rivadeneira