During the two years that I was stationed at the Pentagon, I visited the same coffee stand every morning. I always ordered a large hot coffee with cinnamon. Unless it was Christmas time, which was when I switched from cinnamon to peppermint.
On one fall morning, I ordered my typical cinnamon coffee. After the first sip, I was pleasantly surprised to taste peppermint, rather than cinnamon. The peppermint syrup had come in a few weeks early and the barista knew that I swapped over to the alternate flavor for a season. He knew my daily order well. But he also knew my annual coffee habit.
I still reflect back on that time and marvel at the moment of feeling like I was known. It reminds me of the psalm, written by King David, about how wonderful it is to be known by God, the Father of us all and Creator of the Earth. David wrote, “Lord, you have searched me and known me.” ~Psalm 139:1 (CSB). The phrase to be known signifies how those closest to us would know us personally.
That is an amazing thought. God knows us more personally and intimately than those closest to us here on Earth. He knows us because He is pleased with what He created.
What a marvelous gift it is to be known by God and that we can claim friendship with the Lord. It is because of that intimate knowledge, we can trust Him with all aspects of our lives. He knows what’s best for us. Occasionally, that knowledge surprises us with something unexpected but in our best interest.
Much like a surprise sip of peppermint coffee…