The need to be understood is so human and so appealing that people will spend their lives seeking someone who gets them. Some of us have that person from birth. A parent or a sibling. Others find this person in school or in later relationships. The search for a spouse is almost certain to include the element of finding someone who “gets” you.
Others never find this person. They go through life feeling misunderstood and set apart. If we’re honest, we all feel this way sometimes. Even if we have our “other half” beside us. We are bound to be misunderstood or incompletely known at some point.
Except with God. God understands us completely. He understands us because He made us.
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”
Psalm 139: 13
I love Psalm 139. It speaks of God’s intimate knowledge and understanding of us. His creation.
Verse 1 states, “You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.” I believe He searches us, not so He can know us, but so that we can come to know ourselves and our Creator.
Have you ever had someone point out something about you that until they said it, you never even thought about it? Maybe they pointed out that you are afraid of the water because you watched “Jaws” at a young age. You used to love to swim until you saw that movie.
God already knows who you are but sometimes we need help seeing it. So, He’ll search us to lead us to lightbulb moments.
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
Did you catch it? YOU are fearfully and wonderfully made! YOU are amazing, YOU are a marvelous work of God’s hands! Stop doubting God’s workmanship. He created you, and He creates marvelous works of art.
When you feel like no one understands you, I recommend reading all of Psalm 139. It is filled with treasure that will ignite your soul. God saw us before we were formed. He knows every single day of our lives before we even get to Day 1. His thoughts about us are precious and too many to count.
Someone who thinks about us more than can even be counted is Someone who knows us and understands us better than we know ourselves. God understands us on our good days, our bad days, and every day in between.
Let this truth sink into your soul and take root. Desiring to be completely understood is in our human nature. Only God understands us this intimately. Only He can fulfill the desire to be known. When we depend on other humans to “get” us all the time, we’ll be disappointed. When we depend on God to fulfill that desire, we’ll never be let down.
May the loving arms of the Father surround you and spark contentment in being known.