Hard Truths…Ridiculous Grace

There is a song called “Known” by Tauren Wells playing on Christian radio. It’s not new; I’ve heard it many times before. (Seriously…look it up! Great song!) However, lately I haven’t been in my car much to have the radio on, so I haven’t heard it recently. Anyway, I woke up Sunday morning with this song on repeat in my mind. Specifically, this line…

” And it’s not one or the other
It’s hard truth and ridiculous grace
To be known fully known and loved by You “

Tauren Wells, “Known” from album “Hills and Valleys”

Recently, I’ve been battling a few things…silly irrational fears, doubt that seems to come out of nowhere, lots of questioning that leads me down paths that lead to more fear and doubt. I can tell myself with certainty that these doubts and fears are unfounded. Ridiculous even. But my brain leans toward not listening to my rational self. What I need to learn to do is listen to THE ONE who made me, THE ONE who knows me completely, and THE ONE who loves me even though I’m a mess.

One of the passages I’m working to memorize this month is Romans 8:15. It’s a reminder that not only has God set me free, that freedom in Christ leads me away from fear AND reminds me that I am adopted into God’s family. He calls me His own. He is my Abba! My Father.

That’s pretty amazing, isn’t it? The God of the universe pursues me. Me…fearful, doubting, hot mess me. As the lyrics above played over and over in my mind yesterday and even this morning, I’ve had to stop and let it sink deep down in me that He fully knows me…ALL OF ME! That is a hard truth! He knows my thoughts. He knows my frustrations. He knows my fears. He knows my doubts. He knows my desires. He knows me! A bit frightening, yet comforting at the same time.

But praise God, He doesn’t stop at knowing me! He also fully loves me! That is ridiculous grace! He loves me despite how often I fail. He loves me when I’m at my best, but wow!…He loves me at my worst. His love isn’t conditional. He loves me fully…completely…eternally.

Realizing this and claiming this brings peace!

Psalm 139 reminds us that God has searched us and known us. He knows everything we do even before we do it. There is no place we can go that He wouldn’t be with us. He formed us. We are his “fearfully and wonderfully made” creation.

My prayer for today is that we let the hard truths and ridiculous grace sink into our bones, to the depth of our souls and find His peace!


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