He knows us. He knows us. Now pause. Ponder that statement. As if the gravity of that statement isn’t enough to attempt to comprehend on its own, He goes beyond that. He couples that truth with an undeniable ability to meet the deepest needs of our hearts in ways that only He could.
Today is a snow day. A rest day. A day of rest enforced by the natural world He created.
To me, snow has almost always been correlated with rest. It’s peaceful. It physically quiets its surroundings. And it inevitably forces us to pause from our busy lives. Busyness that so often interferes with our pursuit of Christ despite our good intentions.
I think we all have places or ways that God speaks to us specifically and uniquely. For me, it’s by the ocean or when I’m surrounded by snow. These two “places” are where I sense Christ’s presence the most. I have deduced many reasons as to why this is the case but simply put, He created me in such a way that these places speak to me about His heart. And my own. This is where He speaks to the deepest corners of my soul. Snow, like the ocean, quiets my mind and my heart. It brings life to my soul. In these places I become aware of Him differently and more deeply. Here, without a word, I am simply aware that He knows me. That He sees me and that He knows my heart – He created it after all:
1 “You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.
5 You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with you.”
My heart needed this.
I have been drowning in the midst of chaos.
Today He pressed pause in my world and invited me to slow down, seek Him and rest.
I am overwhelmed in the deepest way.
Thankful beyond words.
By grace I have been saved.
He knows me.