“Those who know God have great contentment in God. There is no peace like the peace of those whose minds are possessed with the full assurance that they have known God, and God has known them, and that this relationship guarantees God’s favor to them in life, through death, and on forever.” ~J. I. Packer
She sat in front of me in a classroom at a writers conference, and as she spoke to the lady next to her, her name tag turned toward me.
“Jen Weaver?” I asked too loudly, but I couldn’t contain my excitement.
She turned and looked at my name tag and gasped with matching enthusiasm.
“Andy Lee?” she questioned.
I often pray for divine encounters. This qualified as one.
Sitting in front of me was a young woman who I’d recently found on a blog link-up party. I had fallen in love with her writing, often commenting on her blog to encourage her and sharing her posts on Facebook. She lives in Texas. I live in North Carolina.
We both squealed and hugged and vowed to find time for coffee together to visit.
The week was busy, but we managed to meet for breakfast the very last day of the conference. That’s when she spoke these profound words:
“I’m so glad I met you on your blog before I met you in person. I knew your heart before I knew you.”
What kind words. But so true. I knew her heart too. That’s the beauty of the written word.
There’s an ancient blog written by God that does the same thing.
It’s called the Bible.
Each verse chosen this week for the Bite of Bread is about knowing God–knowing His heart.
When we know someone’s heart, we can trust him. And when we come to trust God, we will capture that slippery thing that often slides through our fingers called…contentment.
Or perhaps, contentment will capture us.
Much love my friends,