Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Knows, Loves, Satisfies

My sister, who is 13 years older than me, knows much of my history and childhood that I don't know or remember.   She vividly remembers cousins I wouldn't recognize.

I have friends at work that know me very well.  There is nothing like coming together as a team during an emergency to build trust and friendship.  My work friends know a little about my life away from the hospital, but not fully.

Glen, who knows me better than anyone else, doesn't know me as a Labor & Delivery nurse.  He obviously has never been a position to see me work and has often stated that is one thing about me he would have loved to witness.

There is only One who knows us fully. . .knows our every thought, our hopes and dreams.  There is only One who knows each time we have succeeded and each time we have fallen.  He knows exactly where we came from and where we are going, often even before we know.

And He is the only One to whom we can safely trust our hearts.  

Humans instinctively look for something to fill the void in our hearts.  Some turn to relationships, some to work and others to causes about which they feel passionate.  All are looking for something and few are truly satisfied.  That is because at the end of the day, only God can fully satisfy our hearts.

As St. Augustine wrote, "You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you."  The Psalmist wrote, "For He satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness." ( Psalm 107:9.)

Let us look to the One who alone can truly satisfy our hearts, who knows every bit of us, and loves us still.  Let us fall before the One whom the Scriptures called "Faithful and True" and trust Him to be all we need in our lives.

"O LORD, Thou hast searched me, and known me.  Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, Thou understandest my thought afar off.  Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.  For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, Thou knowest it altogether.

Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid Thine hand upon me.  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.  Whither shall I go from Thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from Thy presence?  If I ascend up into heaven, Thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, Thou art there.  If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;  Even there shall Thy hand lead me, and Thy right hand shall hold me."

Psalm 139:1-10

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