Jun 18, 2013

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MEDITATION: The more important fact

The Lord knows those who are his (2 Timothy 2:19)

This week I heard a wonderful story.

A man must leave his friends in great haste. “I must see my wife in five minutes”, he informs them.

The friends are well aware that his wife is suffering from Alzheimers. One of them bravely enquires: “May I ask whether she still recognises and knows you”.

After looking at his friend for a while the man quietly answered: “Actually it does not matter whether she still knows me. More important is that I know her.”

The man’s remark made me think of similar words in the Bible – words in which God’s unique and faithful love to us as fragile human beings is shown in a wonderful way.

Because, while God, through the prophets, complains that his people had forgotten their God (Jer 3:21), that they do not know God any more (Isaiah 1:3), it is at the same time clear that God is not able to forget them. Even if the most unlikely thing occurs that a mother can forget her child – with God this is not possible (Jes 49:15).

Because you see, God knows us – just like this man knows his wife.

Even before we were born, Jeremiah tells us, God already knew us (Jer 1:5). As a matter of fact God today knows every little detail of my life. Before God my life is like an open book. When I sit down or rise up in the morning, God knows it (Ps 139:2). Even what I think and dream is not unfamiliar to God. Before a word is on my tongue, the psalmist informs us, God knows it altogether (Ps 139:4).

God also knows about our weaknesses and sins, our trials and errors – the many wrong turns we have taken, or the stupid choices we have made. He knows the pain and suffering this has caused us. God knows our secret longings and cries, the many quiet prayers we have prayed and are still praying.

Because God knows us and accepts us as we are, God will never forget or leave us – never ever.

On this you may count again today.

Carel Anthonissen

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