I am always amazed at a teacher’s ability to remember her student’s names. Within a day, she has mastered each face and can call every boy or girl by their appropriate moniker. What’s even more amazing is how a teacher can remember their charges names years after they have both left the classroom. It seems that the best teachers can remember what to call every child they ever taught no matter how much time has passed since they last saw each other.
But, for a select few educators, it gets even better. A select few teachers not only can remember their students names, but details of what their students were like and where their strengths and weakenesses lay. Teachers like this don’t just know their students by name; they know their students as unique, individual people.
We are told that God knows each and every one of us down to our last hair. Or, maybe, hair follicle, for those who sport magnificent bald heads. These are reassuring words that remind us our Creator is not a far away, detached ruler, but a loving, caring parent who is attentive to our every need and aware of our strength and weaknesses down to the last detail. It is good to believe that God knows us so intimately.
All doubt that God knows us so completely and loves us so much was dispelled when Jesus entered the scene. Jesus entered the scene as a child, the very child of God. Jesus started out life as any one of us does. Jesus grew and matured as any one of us did. Jesus encountered teachers that knew his name and character and helped him develop into who He was meant to be.
Growing, maturing and even dying as we did, we can be sure that Jesus knew everything that it meant to be human. As the child of God, as being the physical expression of our Creator who is pure Spirit, Jesus conveyed every feeling and sensation of being to His Creator. Any doubt that God not only knows us but understands us as well is dispelled knowing that through Jesus, our Creator experienced our full humanity in all its imperfect glory.
Knowing that God knows us so well and yet still loves us perfectly is an amazing, reassuring thought. To God, we are not simply names in a dusty old book, but beloved children, fully known, appreciated and understood for exactly who we are.