It is pretty much a universal question that everyone asks themselves at some point: Does God really know me personally? Many people think that God is either too big, too important, or too ambiguous to know them personally, and to care about the details of their personal life. Personally, and through my Mormon faith, I do believe that God knows me personally, and that God cares about me on a personal level.
For me, it all goes back to the fact that God is literally my Heavenly Father, or the father of my spirit. As such, I think that God cares about me in a similar fashion to the way I care about my own children. The Bible and Book of Mormon support this idea. Everything that God does, our whole reason for being, is to help us grow up and become like him, just like the scriptures say. Similarly, we hope that our children grow up and following in the good that we manage to do.
So, does God really know us personally? When we have a bad day, does He care? When life is hard, is he there? I remember a well-known poem that I saw hanging on someone’s wall as a child. The background of the picture was a sandy beach with one set of footprints going off into the distance. The poem goes like this:
One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets of footprints, other times there was one only.
This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life, when I was suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat, I could see only one set of footprints, so I said to the Lord,
“You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you, you would walk with me always. But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life there has only been one set of footprints in the sand. Why, when I needed you most, have you not been there for me?”
The Lord replied, “The years when you have seen only one set of footprints, my child, is when I carried you.”
Mary Stevenson, 1936
The thing to realize is this: when life is hard, we may feel alone, but we never are. It is when life is hardest that God, our Father, literally wants to reach out to us, and carry us through. When we choose to turn to Him, He can help us. Countless individuals have testified through the years of the help that can be had if we will but ask God for it.
Here is what I recommend, and what my Mormon faith has taught me: when life is hard, turn to God and He will show you that He is there. If you don’t know how to pray, or if you feel like you’re not good enough to talk to God, reconsider. There is no rule book on how you can talk to God- I promise that no matter how you choose to talk to him, if your heart is in the right place, He will hear and answer your prayer.
Put God to the test, if you want to know if He really knows you personally.
If you have more questions about this or any other basic topic about Mormon beliefs, please feel free to let me know!