On Wednesdays we are thrilled to fling open the doors to all of YOU! We love hearing your dreaming stories…the lessons you’ve learned, the roads you’ve walked, the dreams He’s planted in your hearts! Today we are so blessed to have Kia Stephens here. She shares a beautiful lesson she learned from the mess that can sometimes take over our hearts and lives. Thank you for being here today, Kia!
Mornings looked like a hurricane on steroids as I scrambled to get my two little lightning bolts out the door. I left no room for unexpected occurrences: sudden potty trips, lost keys, and temper tantrums (Argh!). Ashamedly, I was notorious for not preparing the night before.
On one of those nights, my three year old conveniently lost the match to his only decent pair of tennis shoes. In hopes of avoiding the predictable morning mayhem, I looked everywhere – at least twice. Fumes spewed out of my nostrils and left a smoky path throughout the house.
After about 10 minutes of a frantic fatigued pursuit, the toy bins came to mind. Dread ensued. Collectively, my children have accumulated quite an inventory of toys: miniature objects acquired from birthday party gift bags, lions, tigers and bears – oh my! So as you can imagine, I had no desire to dump the three bins in question out on my living room floor.
Thankfully, just as I prepared to rummage through the contents, I noticed his little black shoe inside the plastic bin. My shoe search was exhausting and inconvenient but it gave me a new lens in which to view a familiar scripture. “…Lord, you have searched me and you know me.” Psalm 139:1 (NIV)
My quest to find the missing shoe had a direct benefit for me as the frenzied morning mama. I gained a shoe with a little sanity, but what would motivate an omniscient God to search a finite and flawed individual? I can only think of one reason – love.
The combination of my mind, will, and emotions look like a disorganized toy bin with an endless amount of parts, but God is not hesitant to delve inside. He is not repelled by the complexity of our soul. When we see a jumbled mess He sees His “fearfully and wonderfully made” daughters. (<====Tweet this.)
When we see confusion He sees brilliance.
When we see fear He sees courage.
When we see despair He sees hope.
And it is not that God is oblivious to our faults; on the contrary, He sees the sum total of who we are. His view encompasses that humiliating middle school experience, our family function – or lack there of, personality quirks, life purpose, deeply ingrained fears, bad habits, and HORMONES (need I say more?!) With infinite wisdom, He gets us.
In the midst of internal and external pandemonium, God understands who we are deeply. (<====Tweet this.) Taking the good with the bad, He continues to pursue us in spite of what He knows. Amazing – only God would do that! We do not shock or deter Him.
Before time, He made a conscience decision to create, know, and love his daughters with unconditional love. A woman immersed in the chaos of life finds satisfying serenity in being known by God. He chooses to dwell in the disorder of our lives while understanding us completely.
Does it bring you comfort knowing that you are known by God? Rest in that assurance that God is with you in each moment of your day today!
Photo Credit: Kristin Smith
Kia Stephens is passionate about helping fatherless women. As a child of divorced parents she knows the damaging impact growing up without a father can have on a woman. For this reason, she created The Father Swap to be a source of encouragement, healing, and practical wisdom for women dealing with the effects of a physically or emotionally absent father. You can connect with Kia on her blog, Twitter, or Instagram.
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