Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Search me and know me, O Lord ...
Isaiah 49:1-6 & Psalm 139
It is always both comforting and exciting to converse with someone who knows me. When I spend time with that person, I am reminded of who I really am and that I am worthy of their love not because of what I do, but because of who I am. I can spend my life seeking out ‘kindred spirits’ and ‘soul-mates’ among fallible humans, or I can spend time with the Lord, allowing him to search me, and know me. Being known in heart, mind, soul and strength by God in this way, I no longer need to ‘play the field’ to find true intimacy. God does not shrink from any waves of grief I bring to him. Nor does he stress over any of my overwhelming fears. I can even express my rage to him in no uncertain terms – and he still holds onto me, no matter where he finds me, and how much he knows about me. How much do I nurture my intimacy with God? Search me and know me, O Lord.
You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. (Psalm 139:3)
‘You have made us for yourself, Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.’
St. Augustine of Hippo
Soli gloriam dei .
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.