Fully Known and Fully Loved

By: Ginger Hughes

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”

The starlit skies devoid of city lights sparkle down at me.  The eagle soars high above head, the vast Wyoming skies its home.  The rugged edges of the Grand Tetons, the rushing rivers and spewing geysers of Yellowstone, speak of God’s magnificence.  The prairies graced with roaming buffalo and the flowering meadows providing food for the bear are all a part of God’s glorious creation.

And then there’s me.

Standing on the precipice of the mountain, looking down at Jenny Lake, I feel small.  Unseen. Unknown.  The heavens surround me, the mountains tower over me, the winds whip wildly around me.  God’s glory is on full display in His creation, the vastness of it mesmerizing.

And I’m reminded of Psalm 8:3-4, “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?”

How can it be that the Creator of the heavens and the earth loves me?  How can it be that God knows my name, and not only my name but my every thought and feeling?

Creation is a testament to God’s power and might.  It’s a testament to God’s glory and splendor.

And as for me and you—we are a testament to God’s love.  God is love.  And this loving God longs for a relationship with you and me.  We aren’t lost in the vast expanse of eternity.  Rather, the One who placed the stars in the sky also placed us in this time and place.  We are here for a purpose.  We are here for a reason.

I am not unseen and neither are you.

I am not unknown and neither are you.

Rather, we are fully seen.  We are fully known.  And by the grace and goodness of Almighty God, we are fully loved.

-Ginger Hughes is the wife of a pastor, a mother of two and an accountant. She is a Georgia native currently living in the foothills of North Carolina. Her passion for writing is fueled by the desire to offer encouragement, grace and a deeper understanding that we are all God’s children. Her blogging for Nurturing Faith is sponsored by a gift from First Baptist Church of Gainesville, Ga. Additional writings may be found at nomamasperfect.com.

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