What’s In A Name

29 Nov

Is it just me, or do you hate when someone has the same name as you? There have got to be more Amandas than I can even begin to count. It can get pretty confusing when you’re around someone with the same name as you. Like when someone yells out, “Amanda!” and you look like an idiot turning around excited, only to realize you are the wrong Amanda. You know?! Well, maybe your name isn’t Amanda, so you don’t have the same problem I do.

About a month ago, I was practicing a song called Esther by the band Estherlyn for a worship set, and I didn’t think much of it till I put down the guitar and just listened to the song. It’s a beautiful picture of everything God is. And after finally feeling like God was renewing me after a dark season, this song was such a comfort. Because in the midst of the craziness of life hearing the lyrics, “A father to the fatherless. A healer of the brokenness, you make beauty from the ashes. A helper to the helpless. A fighter for the hopeless. You love those who are alone,” it was as if God was reminding me that he was filling in the cracks of the things He had taken away. And He was filling them with Him. Reminding me He is enough and He is the perfect solution and substitute for what I lost. It wasn’t until the very last line in the song that I came undone. I was floored by a simple line that had been sung before, but those four words at the end of the song were the best exclamation point that made me weep like a baby. “He knows your name.” 

In the most chaotic season of my life, hearing things like, “God is in control. He’s working this out for you.” etc. were all encouraging things to hear and don’t get me wrong, they definitely helped, but nothing had made more of an impact than hearing, “He knows your name.” It’s one thing to be excited about someone we have a crush on acknowledging our existence and being exstatic because they know who we are. Or meeting a celebrity and getting to tell them our name. Or even having someone famous follow us on Twitter. But to have the God of all creation, the same God who makes the sun rise and set. The God who stepped out of eternity to take our place on a cross, knows MY name, knows YOUR name; that’s incredible! And leaves me amazed. In a world where people feel distant or run away entirely, having been reminded that GOD knows my name, reminded me that means He’s very involved in my life. And even if the world around me was crumbling and falling apart, there is a big God, a loving God, a God who is orchestrating it all, and He knows me personally which proved He cared about what was occuring in my life. I love when God knows exactly what I need to hear, when I need to hear it. I didn’t want to forget those four words because I know how quickly I do that when He speaks in my life. And waking up the next day could mean waking up to another difficult one and it would be easy to be overcome by my circumstances and forget Him. So I wrote it in big letters on my mirror to be reminded that even if the day ahead was filled with hurt or heartache, it wouldn’t matter, and it couldn’t compare to the fact that He knows my name.

Life is full of ups and downs, sometimes more downs than ups, but if you are a child of the King, He knows your name. And that means He thinks about you. You’re on His mind constantly. His thoughts about you outnumber the stars in the sky and the sand on the shores.  And if you don’t know Him, there is a God who loves you immensly and is longing to wrap you up in His arms and whisper how much He really does. Everyone else fails in comparison to how much He loves you. So when seasons are unbareable, remember to let those worries fall away, because He knows YOUR name! And that must mean He thinks a whole heck of a lot about who you are and who you could be.

 

You are loved!

~Amanda

One Response to “What’s In A Name”

  1. hippychristiangirl December 5, 2011 at 6:25 am #

    I am reminded of Isa 49:16

    “See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands.” 🙂

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