One thing you can know for sure about God

“What do you know about God that you didn’t know a year ago?”
I struggled to answer Rob DesCotes’ question in the New Year’s edition of the Imago Dei newsletter. That saddened me. Since then, longing to know God better, I’ve been asking each week, “What do I know about God now that I didn’t know last week?” Sometimes the answer surprises me. More often it is a deepening of something I thought I knew but now I’m sure I know, or something my head knew but now my heart knows. As in a marriage of many years, the new things you learn about your spouse are subtle. But I still want to know them.
This week? It was the simple insight that came as I sat with a friend who helps me listen. I was wondering how to move ahead in a difficult situation, and I said, “I want to do it as long as I’m sure God is leading me into it. It’s too big for me to handle on my own.”
She looked me in the eye and spoke with the clarity and simple confidence that I’ve learned means, “You can count on this”: “Jesus will be with you in it whether he has led you into it or not.”
Ahhh. Yes. Here I can rest.
I still want to know whether Jesus is leading me into something or not. But now my heart knows this: I can step out of his will. I can’t step out of his presence.
No matter how I’ve gotten myself into something, or why, he will be with me in it, ready to love me in whatever way I can receive.

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Sue Demmons

    Amen! That is the God I know.

  2. Esther Hizsa

    “I can step out of his will. I can’t step out of his presence.” Love it.

  3. Klara van der Molen

    Wanted to say the same as Esther– “I can step out of His will. I can’t step out of His presence”. Beautifully expressed and thank you!

  4. janis percy

    My friend subscribed to this blog a few weeks ago but hasn’t received anything yet. I wonder, what is the best way to get on your mailing list? Thank you.

    1. hearingtheheartbeat

      Hi Janis, Thanks for letting me know of the problem. I’m sorry your friend has had trouble signing up for my list. It may be because your friend’s email provider is perceiving my posts as junk mail. The first thing to do is ask your friend to check his or her junk mail folder for my posts and if they’re there, click the “not junk” button so her provider recognizes that she wants them. She can also add Hearing The Heartbeat to her address book. If she does those things and still doesn’t get a post from me next Monday, she can send her email address to me at and I’d be happy to forward to posts to her directly until I get the problem figured out and fixed. Thanks for your help in this! Carolyn

  5. Bonita Grace Dirk

    This is beautiful. Thank you for sharing. What an encouragement, especially as I consider some opportunities ahead.

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