Bread – Unknown

January 23, 2013


Readings for Wednesday, January 23, designated by the 1979 Book of Common Prayer: Isa. 44:24-45:7; Eph. 5:1-14; Mk 4:1-20; Psalms 38, 119:25-48

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In our times of darkness there is often a desire to hide from the light, to walk among people who do not know us, to remain unknown and anonymous. It is in anonymity that we can pursue our base desires, hoping that no one recognizes us. We can hide in crowds, hoping that no one really sees us. These crowds can be anywhere. They can be on the subway or on the street, in the lecture hall of a college classroom, in the sanctuary of a large church. They are places where we can go and participate, without being known. We believe we can remain unknown and unknowable if we try, and try we do. We try to remain unknown behind the mask of daily pleasantries, of work and play routines, of bantering conversation about irrelevant matters, behind our desk at work, inside our closed homes. In today’s world, we can also hide behind the computer screen, remaining in a world of isolation and unknownness. We play hide and seek all day except that there is, to our mind, no seeker … so all we do is hide.

We think we are alone and we act like it. Wrong!

We are not alone, and today’s reading from Isaiah emphasize that. In Isaiah, God is speaking about Cyrus the Great of Persia:

“I call you by your name, I name you, thought you do not know Me. I am the Lord, and there is no other, besides Me there is no God; I equip you, though you do not know me…” Isa. 45:4b-5

Although Cyrus, a pagan, does not know God, God knows him. He actually not only knows Cyrus, but He calls Cyrus to do His bidding and He equips Cyrus with what Cyrus needs to achieve God’s purpose.

How would we behave differently if we really, really understood this truth – that God knows us even if we don’t know God, that God equips us even though we might believe that I equip myself, that God calls us even when we are in hiding? We might be able to hide from other people and we might be able to even hide from ourselves, but we will never hide from God.

You and I are not unknown. We are known to God.

A sobering thought. A releasing thought. A mighty thought. Because if we are known to God, then what need do we have to hide? The person who knows us best is the Person who loves us most, warts and all. He loved us so much that He died for us, that we might have life through Him.

So why continue to live life in hiding? Why indeed?

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© 2013 GBF

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