Do you have that friend who has known you forever? Someone who can finish the story you tell about “That time when…,” or someone who knows something
is wrong just by the tone of your voice? They haven’t just known you, they know you. There’s a big difference.
When someone knows you that deeply, there is a level of trust and comfort there that allows you to let down all the roles and barriers that stand between you and the world. When they know you that deeply, there is space for joy, knowing that it will be shared and celebrated.
I have a verse I read recently that made me think of this kind of friendship:
“Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”
(1 Cor 13:12b)
When I read this verse, it reminds me that we have at least half of that kind of a relationship with God already. We are completely and fully known. Every ounce of our being, every thought or emotion is known. If we think we’re hiding some of it, we are like a child covering her eyes so that Mommy can’t see her. It feels like hiding, but the only one who can’t see is the child.
The other half is what we must always work on. We strive to know our Lord. We yearn to let ourselves be known. We rejoice in what we do know and allow it to fill our lives. What joy to think that one day we will know God as fully as He knows us. What joy to understand that we are known completely. Fully known and fully loved.