Knowing how much I really hate to be away from him, knowing me as well as he does and my need for constant reassurance of his feelings for me, and sensitive to the limited communication we would have as he was traveling overseas, he left sticky notes all over the house while he was gone. I was emotional with him being away, so every time I found one I would cry. Sometimes, I would try not cry because that seemed silly and then the tears would get stuck in my throat (don't do this...it burns).
So, the sticky notes idea was a real win. I loved them because they were little phrases that reminded me of his love. I also loved that they were hidden in places where he knew I would find them. He knows my daily routine. It is something really special to have someone know you like that.
To be loved and known and also to be continually reminded is a treat in any relationship, and I greatly value this about him.
By the end of the week, my bathroom mirror was nearly covered with the little sticky notes. Every time I passed by them or looked into the mirror I was reminded.
I couldn't help by think of my Savior.
He knows how forgetful I am to His love. He also knows me so well that in my daily routine, especially when I am feeling especially lonesome, He whispers truth to me. He does this multiple ways, but most significantly through the Word. The word "scripture" actually translates : "The calling out of God". It is significant for me to remember that His redemptive plan for doesn't involve me striving to win Him, but to restore me to my original relationship with Him. He is always calling me, wooing me and longing for fellowship with me. AMAZING.
Simon Tugwell says: "So long as we imagine it is we who have to look for God, we most often lose heart. But, it is the other way around: He is looking for us."
To my shame, I need constant reminding, but His grace here is astounding. He doesn't treat me with annoyance at this wearisome need. In fact, scripture upon scripture speaks to the opposite. He is desiring me to draw near to Him.
Isaiah 65:24 "Before they call, I will answer; while they are yet speaking I will hear."
I might not have the privilege of knowing where it is that you are today, but I do know that He wants us to know His love. He knows us. Individually. Personally. He knows your routine and your needs. He is invested into you. (Psalm 139).
He is a God who sees you. He is El Roi and He is faithful to our intentional pursuit of Him.
My heart gets achey. I run to friends, family or to my circumstances very quickly, but wholeness is solely found in Him. If you are achey today, let me share with you a few of these reminders; taken from the sticky notes that Rob left for me. We are a forgetful people with a faithful God.
YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL:
Song of Solomon 4:7 " You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you."
YOU ARE EVERYTHING TO ME:
Jeremiah 31:3 "I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you."
YOU ARE LOVED:
"This is love : Not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be an atoning sacrifice for our sins." 1 John 4:9-10
I LOVE YOU:
Zephaniah 3:17 "The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by His love; He will exult over you with loud singing."
YOU ARE MY BEST FRIEND:
"No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father i have made known to you."
I HOPE YOU HAVE A GOOD DAY:
Lamentations 3:22-23 "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."
I CAN'T WAIT TO HAVE YOU IN MY ARMS:
"As a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you." Is. 62:5
I'LL BE HOME SOON:
"In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also."