Do you know the passage about the Spirit interceding on our behalf in prayer with groans that words cannot express? It’s a beautiful expression of intimacy—deep knowing—within relationship.
“We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit intercedes for us through wordless groans.”
Have you ever closed your eyes to pray but you were lost for words? Feelings, emotions, longings, desires occupy every bit of your heart and mind, but the words don’t come.
Yet...you feel known. The Spirit searches your heart and knows, and you are able to move forward in your communication with God, even when you aren’t sure what to say.
A similar occurrence happens in a personal sense, too. I don’t mean I look at Lacie and audibly groan. Well, maybe sometimes, but it’s normally just when I’m hungry.
There are the times, though, I’m lost for words, unable (and sometimes unwilling) to express what’s going on inside, but the deep knowing of intimacy still sees inside.
As you know someone more you learn their subtle, unspoken language. A look, a sigh, a position of the body speaks a thousand words.
You’ve “searched” their heart as you’ve shared in the give-and-take dance of relationship over time. You gain an ability to have a conversation without words.
She seems to just know when something is off, despite the common deflections, “Oh, I’m just a little tired...long day, nothing big...No, I’m fine.”
If she presses me on it, there’s always something else there, the thing behind the thing, the unspoken message that’s still making it through.
The more life I see the more I believe God gives us countless examples of these relationships dynamics throughout scripture we then see reflected in our own lives.
We extend what we see God doing within the God-to-human relationship to our human-to-human relationship. It’s all a reflection of something of greater.
God says, “Meet with me. I want to be known and to know you personally. I see you for who are in your deepest parts and still love you. Come, be with me, spend time with me, and watch this grow into even deeper levels of intimacy.”