This sweet hamster is called a “Dwarf Hamster.” They are different from the larger more territorial ones as they are social and thrive in pairs. That did not seem like reason enough to call the love of my life, my “hamster!” But to my untrained ear, it seemed as if couples on French television were calling each other “hamster.” In fact, they were saying, “âme soeur” meaning “soul sister” or loosely translated, “soulmate.” But somehow it stuck and that is our English term of endearment in our marriage!
Today’s verse tells us there is Someone who knows our soul more than any lover could. The Lord not only sees our physical afflictions but He goes deeper and He knows and understands the anguish of the soul. Not knowing what to pray, His Spirit intercedes with wordless groans expressing our anguish (Romans 8:26). The Lord sees and understands what we are feeling far better than we understand ourselves. He knows when we are loving Him with all our soul (Deut. 13:3). And in His love He knows when to restore and refresh our souls (Psalm 23:3).
I can trust this Lover of my soul. He will never betray my confidences. He will never renege on His promises. What’s more, nothing in my soul shocks and dismays Him. After all, He does not love my soul because it is worthy of love. He loves me inspite of myself. God not only shows me love, He IS love. And it is a love that knows all the ugliness inside. How amazing that He could love me! And it is even more amazing that nothing will change that love.
Thank you, Lord, for being the Lover of my soul.