Names. We’ve all got one. Most of us didn’t have any say-so in what that name would be, it was just given to us by our parents. Imagine having been given the name Diesel Dean Daigle or Bear Blu Jarecki. I guess if you are the child of a celebrity you have to make some allowances for your crazy…I mean, creative parents.
Sometimes our names get nicked and cutified (yes, that’s a word, check it out in the Diva Dictionary coming soon to a bookstore near you!) My son’s name got nicked to Josh, our daughter’s name got cutified to Leesh. It happens. Sometimes our names get nicked as children but then we become mature, professional, serious and we return our names to their more regal original state.
If someone says your whole name~ first, middle, last~ then you should probably plan to respond with your tail between your legs. And is there a sweeter sound than your name being whispered by the one you love? Not many. Names are special. They define us, and sometimes shape us, during our journey on this earth.
I have been reading through the Books of Chronicles in the Bible and so I have been inundated with names, most of which I can’t even begin to pronounce. It got me thinking about God and names. Are names important to God? He knows every hair on our heads, so He certainly must know each one of us by name. But what name?
There are many instances where God changed the names of His followers. Abram became Abraham. Sarai became Sarah. Simon Bar-Jonah became Peter. Jacob became Israel. So I wondered if God has a name for me. If God formed me in my mother’s womb, if He created my soul before my parent’s conceived me, then does God already have a name for me? Not my earthly name, but a heavenly one.
Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it. Revelation 2:17
What a precious thought that our God has a new name for us that only we will know! What an intimate and special bond between parent and child. Like a newly born baby who knows the sound of its mother’s voice, we, His children, know the sound of our Father’s voice.
Jesus said,” To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.” I won’t even begin to wonder what my new name will be ~ I only know that it will be wonderful because it is given to me by my heavenly Father. It is enough that He knows me, He loves me, He calls me by name. Do you hear His voice calling you by name? If so, what are you waiting for? Listen. Respond. Follow. A new name awaits you!