We all want connection. It doesn’t matter if you’re extroverted or introverted, whether you’re a thinker or a doer, or how you might label yourself. No one is exempt from the deep-seated desire for connection because that’s how we are made. The English poet John Donne famously said, “No man is an island.” We were made for relational connection, not isolation. Of course, there are times we want to be alone, or we aren’t inclined to share everything with everyone. But, we all need healthy human relationships, and most importantly, we need a relationship with our loving Creator.
Sometimes we are wary of relationships because they can be tiring and hard work and require a lot of initiative. There’s the fear of rejection or a fading affection. There can be anger or resentment or an imbalance of what we give versus what we receive. But, to experience intimacy and fulfillment is to be known and loved.
Author and Pastor Tim Keller insightfully says, “To be loved
but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God.”
God wants us to experience the fullness of what he created
us for - to be fully known and loved by him. By him first and foremost because he is the only one who can do this perfectly. In Isaiah 1-2, we see how the Lord implores his people back to himself even though they’re not deserving of it. It’s a call to relationship.
In 2 Corinthians 5, we are reminded that through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, God made way for us to enter into a relationship with him. As we ourselves are reconciled to God, he entrusts to us a ministry of reconciliation in helping others know God as well.
Psalm 105 is a joyous reminder to be thankful and praise God and what he has done for us. Praise God that he draws us to himself; he loves us perfectly and is fully trustworthy.
Wife, Mother and worker with Power to Change Ministries