What are some of the rules you have at your house? Or some of the rules your parents had when you were growing up? We usually have rules to provide a sense of order and safety within the home. Brene Brown, a social work researcher at the University of Houston, believes that the home is one of the most intimate places we have in our lives and the people who live with you are the people who know you the best because they see you every day at your greatest and your worst. Because of this intimate knowledge, she believes those you live with have the most power to either lift you up or tear you down.
God knows where we live and knows us at our worst and our best. For some, this is a great comfort, but for others it is a very scary thing. In our text for this week, the Psalmist reminds us that God knows us better than anyone. God formed us in our mother's wombs. God knows what we are going to say before we even say it. That's pretty scary to me, especially when I speak out of anger or without giving much thought to my words.
Our lectionary text in verse 18 concludes with "I come to the end - I am still with you." God is with us through the cycle of life, good and bad, ups and downs. Is this a comfort for you or something scary? Is it both?
I believe the ultimate goal of knowing that God is intimately involved in our very existence, that our physical needs and our material world is at the center of divine concern, is as Jesus revealed - God embraces all of life in all its forms, even at the risk of being rejected because God at God's very core is relational. We are invited to enter into relationship with this God, with all its inherent risks and possibilities, scary or comforting, and be transformed.
See you on Sunday.
Peace of Christ to you,