Most of us hate the feeling of being misunderstood. You mean one thing but somehow it either comes out wrong or the other person just simply gets the wrong end of the stick – it’s a horrible feeling. We end up wondering how do I reword this or make this better – how do I express what I really mean, what is really on my heart? Navigating this kind of things in relationships can be tricky, and if we aren’t careful we can be driven to keep people sweet by a fear of simply being taken wrong or being misunderstood.
One of the things I treasure most about the Lord is that He never fails to “get” me. Even if I can’t adequately articulate the struggles of my heart or put into the right words what is going on inside – He knows! He knows all about each one of us with such an intimacy and love that there are no doubts – there are no misunderstandings. Even without words or drama, He understands all that we are feeling, thinking, struggling with and trying to express. Coming into His presence doesn’t mean we have to have things clear in our minds and neatly articulated, wrapped up pretty with a ribbon to present to Him! We can simply come to the Lord and rest knowing we are safe because he knows us.
When reading this poem recently by George Matheson, I was struck especially by the last line: “This cross is too great” I cried “More than the back can bear, So rough and heavy and wide. And nobody near to care”. And One stooped softly and Touched my hand: “I know. I care. And I understand”.
Prayer: Lord Jesus thank You that You do understand me and that You “get” me. There is never any confusion in your thoughts of me, even when I’m not sure myself what I feel. Lord let the reality of Your acceptance go deep in my heart today and lay a strong foundation in me. Teach me Lord to rest in Your knowledge of me and give me a desire to know You more. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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