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Devotional

Craving to Be Known

by COLETTE CORREA KNOWN Being a woman in ministry Contentment Feeling known & understood Identity in Christ Singleness Expectations
  Craving to Be Known
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
Jeremiah 1:5

When I was around 37 years old, I started wanting “to be known.” I was craving and yearning to be understood and loved in spite of my flaws. While I had never yearned for such intimacy before, somehow receiving this from God was no longer enough–I wanted more. God had mandated Adam and Eve and their descendants to multiply, and I too, was eager to obey that command. But why was that taking so long for me?


To me, “being known” meant more than a physical connection with the opposite sex. It meant someone could look into my eyes and understand my inner thoughts. He would be able to finish my sentences. He’d be familiar with my likes, dislikes, and everything in between. Our hearts would beat at a hundred miles an hour at the mention of each other’s name. Was this a fantasy? Many married couples would probably laugh and say, “Yes, this is a very unrealistic fantasy.” Yet, many singles dream of and yearn for that type of intimacy.


Over time, I have come to learn from Eve’s story. Though she had been given the freedom to eat out of many other trees in the garden, she coveted and lingered in front of the one forbidden tree–the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.


I realized that by coveting, longing for, and yearning to have something I was not privy to (yet), I was failing to appreciate what I already had—a relationship with God and close family and friends who loved me and loved getting to know me. 


While I might not know what it means to be known the way Adam and Eve knew each other, and though I still have hope that I might someday, I continue to find strength when I purposefully refocus the trajectory of my thoughts toward these truths: 


“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you …” Jeremiah 1:5


and


“An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord’s affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit.” 1 Corinthians 7:34


Closing Prayer
Heavenly Father, direct my heart to find contentment in all my circumstances. It is so easy to linger our thoughts and let our eyes covet what we do not have, but only the Holy Spirit can strengthen me when I am weak. Guide my steps, Lord. Help me keep my eyes on You, the author and finisher of my faith. Amen.
Question for Reflection

Has there ever been a time in your life or a season when you craved to be known?

Comments
Colette Correa
October 14, 2020

The times I have deeply craved to be known by others have often times been when I was at a low point in my relationship with God. It is during those times that I would try to find satisfaction elsewhere. However, God’s word says that God knows us. Not only did he know us before He created us in our mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5), but even now, He knows our every move, and His thoughts towards us are past finding out. We read this in Psalm 139.
Over time, I have come to realize that before seeking “to be known” by others, I should find satisfaction in being known by God first. I should let my cup overflow with Him. Remembering Psalm 139:1-18 and lavishing at the thought that there is a God who knows me overflows my soul.


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