My husband had lost a logo that he drew on a piece of graph paper. As he begin looking for it again the other day I asked God to help him find it. I didn’t say it out loud. It was just a simple request through my thoughts. Eric came upstairs with the logo a minute later. We had scanned it into the computer a few months ago using an old printer. We would not have found it until we needed to scan something again, which could have been months. Eric could have drawn another logo, but he didn’t want to because it took him so long.
It is amazing when God answers a crucial prayer like healing a terminal illness, or protecting someone through a terrible crash. But sometimes it’s even more amazing when he does something insignificant. It is the small things that remind us how intimately he loves us; that he delights in every detail of our lives. Every moment he knows where we are, and what our concerns are. God proves how much he loves each one of us personally when he answers little prayers about things that don’t matter to anyone but us. These are the things that awe us. We know God is mighty and powerful and that he can do anything. When he does the little things we learn that he is not only able but he is also willing.
1 John 4:18 tells us “perfect love drives out fear“. God brought this scripture to light when I was battling fear, and struggling to overcome worry. We can know that God loves us, and that Jesus died for us and even if we were the only one he would still have done it…blah blah blah. These phrases have become so cliche we miss the profound meaning that changes us. We need a revelation on the love of God. Revelation goes beyond knowledge and results in experience. When God showed me 1John 4:18 I began praying for a revelation on God’s love for me. He answered my prayer, and continues to answer still.
Freedom from fear and worry come from knowing not only that God is powerful enough to meet all our needs, but also that he is willing. He desires to know us personally, and to reveal himself to us. We are the bride of Christ. Researching the ancient Jewish wedding traditions reveals how Jesus has defined the nature of our relationship with him. We can confirm our engagement by allowing him into the deepest part of us. There fear and wounds lie hidden and covered up in the Pandora’s box of our soul. He is the healer, restorer, and deliverer. He brings painful things up, because he is going to take them out and mend our soul.
This healing takes the blinders off our heart so we can see the extent of his love for us and begin to receive that love. We will know him fully on that glorious day when he sweeps his bride away to the wedding chambers where we will see him will unveiled eyes. The troubles of this world will no longer darken our vision and distort his character. His love will flood our soul, and the most intimate relationship we have ever known will be consummated. What a romantic God we serve.