Monday, February 16, 2009

Knowing the Depths

For the Spirit searches everything,
even the depths of God.

I Corinthians 2:10b

A mother once said to her child, I know you better than you know yourself. Being known–it’s comforting and terrifying. Comforting in that whoever you "are" is evident and hopefully accepted; terrifying because in the depths is stuff that you don’t want known!

How the Father, Son and Holy Spirit exists as three and yet one is a theological mystery. But, how they relate to each other is consistently revealed to us. Their intertwining relationship, where one leaves off the other begins, brings comfort. With no beginning or end, one is encircled and there is nothing to fear.

Psalm 139 says that God’s knowingness is what got us started in the first place! While we may not be conscious of our beginnings, there is comfort in knowing that God was attentive. As the bones began to solidify and nature, personality, quirks, were taking shape, to become you, God saw that what He was creating was good.

With these infinite abilities, why are the depths of God known—accountability and relationship. Living accountably and in relationship with trustful friends, gives our life clarity, wholeness and vision. God being in relationship with the Holy Spirit, who searches everything, even God himself, means we know a God that can be trusted.

God sets the example of willingness to be known to the depths. It’s the kind of life he wants with us—a willing acknowledgment that nothing can be hidden because He knows us better than we know ourselves.

Jesus, I am known by you.
Nothing can be hidden.
I give you all that I am
and pray that with Your help
I will become all you want me to be.

Image--The Trinity, El Greco, 1577

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