"Sometimes-you-want-to-go where everybody knows your name…”
Have you ever just wanted to be important? You know what I mean- when I talk about that longing desire within you to be recognized? To be seen? To be heard? To just matter? Am I tracking here? Have you ever just wanted to feel that gut-level satisfaction of knowing someone gets you- that someone cares? Being honest, you’d admit you crave the acknowledgement of others that makes you feel- here’s the big word: Known.
Selfishly, in my life, I too have that desire to be known. In fact, being completely transparent- there are often times I do things, that I normally wouldn’t do- in order to be known. This may be a manifestation of that desire: I go to the same Starbucks a handful of times a week to read, write, and relax. Now, is it that I just desire a routine? A quiet place to read? More like a place to sit in a corner, wearing earphones, feigning to listen to music as I people-watch. Or, maybe I come to the same Starbucks, order the same drink, and try to sit in the same seat to become a “regular”? In fact, “my barista” doesn’t even ask me my drink order anymore. I walk in and they start making it. I come so often, she has actually became a good friend to my fiancé, and I. And you know what? It makes me feel good. It makes me feel known. It makes me feel important- if even to a barista at Starbucks, We all want to be known.
However, I think it goes beyond wanting to be known by random strangers that have irrelevant opinions. For each of us, we have an intrinsic design that is hardwired into our DNA, knitted into our souls, and engrained in the very fibers of our being. We are purposefully designed to be loved, cherished, desired, lavished upon, wanted, lauded over, praised, and….to be known. To be known by the loving God who longs to fulfill all those desires. God fully, wholly, and sufficiently loves us, cherishes us, lavishes upon us, wants us, extols us, adores us, and…..knows us.
45 “Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the Law and also the Prophets wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46 Nathanael said to him, “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?” Philip *said to him, “Come and see.” 47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!” 48 Nathanael said to Him, “How do You know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”
| John 1:45-48
Isn’t there that desire within you? To have someone known you, but moreover, for them to know you without you having to strive, strain, and publicly promote yourself to elicit their praise. Don’t you want someone to know you that fully? Jesus knew Nathanael before he even met him. I believe that you today- not the future version of you, wants to be that fully known. These men did:
David acknowledges God’s knowledge of Him before he even existed:
13“For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb.”
| Psalm 139:13
Jeremiah shows God knows His people by His plans He has for them:
11 "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
| Jeremiah 29:11
Paul too expands on God’s knowledge of us, and purpose for us….before He even created us:
10 "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them."
| Ephesians 2:10
Friend, be encouraged this day that God is not far off. That He does care. That He does have a plan for you, that he fully, and whole-heartedly has a deeper knowledge of you far surpassing anyone else's. He guides you, intercedes for you, and leads you into all truth and righteousness. Be comforted knowing that you are known. That you do matter to Him. That you are important to Him. Important enough to send His Son to die for. What would it look like if we walked in that confidence today? What if we could allow ourselves to embraced this truth; what if we grasped this beautiful thought? It would truly change everything. So go in that confidence, with the overwhelming sense of His presence, guidance, and direction in your life- because HE. KNOWS. YOU.