To Love Him is to Know


I am not what some would call an educated woman. I love learning but, all my childhood, school was too much work.  I was certain I would not survive having a go at deeper knowledge.  I managed, by the Grace of God, to graduate from High School, and I was not interested in pursuing a higher education until I was much older. In the eyes of some, that made my observations on life dismissible.  How could I possibly be qualified to respond to the deeper questions without having certain credentials to support what I had to say?

God knew the plans He had for me, according to Jeremiah 29:11. But, from my perspective, there wasn’t a lot about my life that was ‘planned.’ However, since I was twelve years old, I wanted to please God more than I’ve wanted to do anything else in my entire life. Like Jesus talked about in Matthew 5: 6, I hungered and thirsted to know how to do that.  My desire dictated the course of my existence.

I left the United States Navy to become a stay-at-home mom.  That meant lots of time without grown up conversations.  I hated daytime television and I needed to be relatively stationary, due to physical illness, so what did I find to do?  I watched Christian television, read the Bible and read books about the Bible.  I hated how many things from my childhood did not make for a productive marriage or successful parenting.  So I read books about behavior patterns and communication.  I had one child with an infant heart condition and one diagnosed with asperger’s syndrome at three years old.  So I read up on nutrients that impact circulation and stimulated brain activity.  I watched medical programs and news shows and talk shows with guests that shared my struggle.

You see, I did want to learn.  I wanted to learn the truth about God, and then I wanted to learn how to take that truth and make my everyday life and the lives of those around me better.  My knowledge came from asking the questions that were in my heart.  I took those questions to the One who made my heart and He began to direct my search for the answers.  Because of my hunger and thirst to know, I was filled to overflowing.  And because I stay hungry and thirsty I keep going to God to know.   I’ve become a fount of knowledge.  And, boy has that come in handy.

Not having gone to school didn’t mean I wasn’t learning.  It didn’t mean it wasn’t reading, watching or seeking.  As a matter of fact, I can say quite confidently that I’m much smarter than I look on paper.  It is because of what, or rather, Who I was pursuing that I have the education I needed.  And, believe me, it was far more extensive and reaching than the education I thought I wanted.

Become a reliable resource and a beacon that points the way to Christ to those around you.  Seek God FIRST. Learn to love Him.  Learn to love the things He loves.  Ask Him to show you what HE wants for you.  Psalm 119: 99-100 (paraphrased) says,” I know more than my teachers because I think about what You say.  I understand more than my elders because I keep Your law.”  The best resource stays connected to the Source.  To know Him is to love Him: to love Him is to know.

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