“Jesus said to her, ‘Mary!’” (John 20:16a, NKJV)
Jesus met Mary in her pain, calling out her name in healing, loving tones. God knows and tenderly speaks your name too. He is watching you right now with a smile of delight. He loves it that you want to know more about Him. He is an incredibly personal God.
At the same time, He is so enormous that He fills the universe. Heaven is His throne and this massive planet on which we live is merely His footstool. He knew that we could not relate to Him at His level. So, through the incarnation, He came to ours.
He made Himself accessible to us when He took on a human body. He wanted us to know how available, how reachable He is. Just as a gentle father simplifies his vocabulary so his small child can grasp what he is saying, God knows how to communicate with us exactly where we are at. And He delights in doing so!
Jesus speaks the language of your heart. He knows you better than you know yourself, and He will always make sure and connect with you in a way that you will be able to understand.
A friend of mine is a musician. God gave her a dream about a guitar case. That symbol, close to her heart, was something to which she could easily relate. Another friend is an enthusiastic aficionado of all things Disney. Holy Spirit gave her a dream that took place at Disneyworld. She quickly knew exactly what lesson He was conveying to her through this picture. The interpretation came without difficulty because of how familiar the imagery was.
Pastor Bill Johnson shares from his heart about his relationship with Eric, one of his sons that is partially deaf. He does not leave it up to his son to make sure he is hearing his father correctly. Bill goes to any length necessary to make sure he has effectively transmitted his message to Eric. He takes full responsibility for their successful communication.
Daddy God will always take the initiative with you too. Even now, He is actively pursuing your heart. Relax… and enjoy His delight in you! Rest in the knowledge that He will speak to you in a way both deeply meaningful and profoundly personal. He will meet you right where you are.
“Lord, you have examined me, and you know me. You alone know when I sit down and when I get up. You read my thoughts from far away. You watch me when I travel and when I rest. You are familiar with all my ways. Where can I go… from your Spirit?” (Ps. 139:1-3, 7a, GW)
What is a personally-tailored metaphor that God has used to communicate with your heart?