It’s amazing what you learn about people when you stop to spend time with them. I often even learn something new about those who are nearest and dearest to me, that I never really knew about, when we actually stop to catch up and share together.

I recently heard the Lord saying to me “I WANT TO KNOW YOU”. I was a bit surprised at these words and I must say… I had a little giggle and said “But Lord, you already know me, in fact you know me better than I know myself”! Then I heard Him reply “Yes, but Helen, I REALLY WANT TO KNOW YOU MORE”. I could sense a longing in His voice that reverberated inside of me like a strong KNOCKING at my heart.

“Look! I have been standing at the door, and I am constantly knocking. If anyone hears me calling him and opens the door, I WILL come in and fellowship with him and he with me. Rev 3:20 NLT

Then I heard the word “RELATIONSHIP” repeating over and over. “I am longing for a DEEPER RELATIONSHIP with you.” The word relationship means ‘the way in which two or more people are connected, or the state of being connected’. As you know, a healthy relationship is one that works both ways.

I continued to think about the words He was saying “I want to know you”. I started to realise how often I must brush Him off. How often I lift my worries and problems to Him but don’t bother to stop long enough to hear what He might want to say to help me. As I started to feel terrible about my attitude towards Him, I felt Him wrap His huge arms of love around me. He did not hold judgment for the way I have been or treated Him. He simply said “ I love you. I am here for you. I always have been and I always will be.” I became undone by how much He wanted me. He continued to say “I will NEVER stop chasing after you! Just as I am constantly knocking, I am longing for a deeper relationship with you. I am longing for you to open up your heart and let me in. Tell me your dreams, your desires, your doubts, I want to hear it all.”

Just as He said these words I saw a picture of the space around me clearing as though I was surrounded by a presence that removed all other distractions and created a space where it was just the two of us. I would share, He would listen, He would share I would listen. He would fill me with words of encouragement and I would share all the things I longed for and all the things I couldn’t do. Everything that was on my heart we talked about and everything that was on His heart He talked about. It was amazing! It was relationship!

I said to Him “I wish we could talk like this all the time” as though I felt like talking to Him like this was a one off occurrence that might not happen again for a long time. Then He said very lovingly but firmly “As clear as you have heard me today, is as clear as you can hear me everyday!”

“I stand at the door and knock at your heart constantly, because I know there is so much more for you. The ‘YOU’ that you are today, is not the ‘YOU’ that you could be tomorrow. Open up and let me in. I want to know you more. COME TO ME and let me help you to be the “YOU” I CREATED YOU TO BE”.

Helen Madeline