One of the things that scared me the most about getting married was the fact that Portia would know everything about me. I worked hard at curating an image with her: I wanted her to be impressed by me, to respect me, to think highly of me. I wanted her to see me as always strong, always smart, always ready to take on life, to be the hero, the leader, the man.
But marriage means getting close — really close. And being close meant she’d see my ugly, my failure, my weakness, all of it. How can you curate an image with someone that you share a bathroom with? We slept in the same bed, we saw each other in the morning (my personal worst moment), we were together during our most exhausted and weakest points of the day.
When we were dating, she would only see me when I had a haircut, a shave, a shower, a fresh coat of Old Spice, my best clothes on, a fresh piece of gum in my mouth, and after hitting up the ATM for cash. I was at my best.
But close intimacy means that you can no longer keep that up. In fact, intimacy means you invite someone into your weird little world, and you allow them to see everything about you, including your morning breath, your ugly sweat-pants, your bed head, and without a shave in five days. We allow them to see us at our worst.
It’s kinda scary.
It reminds me of my relationship with God, except God doesn’t need to be allowed into our worlds in order to know about us: He already knows. Accepting the truth that God knows everything in your life can either be very disturbing or very comforting. It depends on your relationship with him and whether or not you’re trying to fool him.
Have you been acting as if God were totally unaware of your life in any of these five areas?
1- God knows your faults and failures, but He still loves you unconditionally.
2- God knows your feelings and frustrations, and He sees your hurt more than anyone else can.
3- God knows your future, so He can tell you what you need to know.
4- God knows your fears, and He wants you to hand your worries over to Him.
5- God knows your faithfulness, because He sees every good thing you do.
The fact that God knows everything is a tremendous motivator for me to live a godly life. I realize that nothing in my life is done in secret, nothing I face will hinder His ability to help me, nothing that is to come will catch Him by surprise, nothing I fear will be too big for His strength, and nothing I do in His name is ever done in vain.
We get much more than a new roommate with the Lord. We get someone who knows absolutely everything about us — and loves us just the same!
Wasn't Celebration Sunday awesome? 11 people publicly declared their faith through baptism, 5 babies were dedicated to the Lord, we took Communion together as a family, and we enjoyed the best tacos in town. And the weather was about as nice as I can remember in early November.
Already looking forward our next Celebration Sunday!
UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES:
Saturday, November 9: Men’s Breakfast
Join the Men of Meadows at this potluck breakfast for a morning of good food and good fellowship. Men of all ages invited. Starts at 8 AM.
Monday, November 18: Prayer Gathering
Join my dad, Pastor Ron, as he leads us in another power hour of prayer, here at the church sanctuary, from 10-11 AM.
Sunday, November 24: Bring your OCC shoeboxes!
We officially launched Operation: Christmas Child this past Sunday! The last Sunday of November will be the final day to bring all our packed shoeboxes to the church.
Sunday, December 15: Kid’s Christmas Play
Mark your calendars for our annual Kid’s Christmas play, a Meadows favorite. Here at Meadows at 6 PM.
This Sunday, we’ll pick back up on our series on the life of David, A Heart for God.
We ended off at the darkest part of David’s life, when he committed the worst sin he'd ever commit, and was confronted by the prophet Nathan. We talked about how God continued to pursue David, even when he was lost in his own mess. What a great God we serve!
This week, we’ll take a close look at David’s response to his sin being outed. Psalm 51 is his personal prayer to God in response to this moment of his life, and it gives us a blueprint for what godly repentance and humility looks like. It’s beautiful.
Join us this Sunday for Part 12 - Good Grief.
Looking forward to seeing you all on the walkway!