Knowing (About) God


Upside to social media: keeping up with the goings-ons of friends and family.

Downside to social media: knowing more about people than actually knowing them. I really prefer face to face time and getting to know people.

Let’s be honest, knowing about people sometimes gives us the illusion of thinking we know a person. But without actually being in another person’s presence, without spending quality time together, without doing something meaningful with another person, we’re just collecting facts.

And this morning I’m wondering, “How much of this social media culture has impacted our relationship with God?” I feel like I know more about Him, but I really want to know Him.

The last seven years of my life I walked down a certain road. I was learning intensively about a new way of living, but I was approaching mainly as a western-cultured individual, which is more of a Greek mindset. (A Greek/western approach to learning is through reading, studying, observing through experimentation.) Nothing wrong with learning about a subject, but at some point, you’ve got to start getting your hands dirty and experiencing that subject (Hebrew/eastern mindset) or you’ve just wasted a lot of time. (A Hebrew/eastern approach is through experiencing, embodying through being.)

It really is about loving God by loving others. It’s in those moments that I get God hugs.

These days, I am trying to get more face-to-face time with God. For me, that looks like listening more, getting quiet, even if for only a few minutes at a time. And of course, anytime I have meaningful conversations with my kids, whether it be correction or encouragement, I hear in my spirit, “Ditto, kiddo.” Those are the most precious moments of my life. It really is about loving God by loving others. It’s in those moments that I get God hugs.

To know God is to know others; to love them is to love God. We want to make it more complicated than that, but loving is complex enough as it is! If we learn to love well in this life and get to know people, we will have truly learned the heart of God.

Blessings and Shalom,