A New Name

How many times have I met someone and asked what their name was and then just as quickly as they told me, I forget their name.

I’ve been pondering on God’s omniscience, His infinite knowledge.  He doesn’t forget a name, in fact He knew the name prior to the name being given.

He knows the name of every single person today, tomorrow, and all of those that have lived and are now gone from this earth.  

He knew and knows the number of hairs on each head.  Think of it, the billions and billions of people on planet earth and He knows the number of hairs on their head!

Matthew 10:30 “And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.”

I know my hair falls out daily…and yet He still knows the count.

God is an intimate God.  He knew our place of birth before we were born or even conceived. He knows our deepest secrets and our most worrisome fears.  

He is so intimate that He has a ‘secret name’ for each of us.

Revelation 2:17b  says,  “I will also give that person (the one who belongs to Jesus) a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it.”

My granddaughters name is Madeleine.  Most of us call her Maddie.

My daughter in law (her mommy) calls her “Madds”.   It’s sweet.  That’s her intimate name with her mama.  I’ve thought often about that name and I don’t feel that I have the right to call her that.  No one has ever told me not to, but somehow that is a special name in my mind for mother and daughter.  

I have a sweet relationship with her.  We both love our relationship as grandma and granddaughter. To me, she is Maddie.  I love her with all my heart.  I cherish her, but I will not be calling her Madds.  That name has been reserved in my mind.

What will my new name be in heaven?  What will yours be?  It will be known only to God and each of us personally.  I know the name will be perfect because He gets me.  I find so much comfort in that.

I once had a student who struggled with teachers and friends.  She was only in 3rdgrade, but struggle she did.  I loved teaching her.  I loved everything about her.  

I ran into her a few years later at a restaurant.  I invited her to sit down and catch me up on her life.  In that conversation she said, “You get me”.  

I don’t think there are too many compliments higher than that one.  I was so honored that she thought that.  

God gets us and He loves us still.  He loved us enough to sacrifice His only Son, the One He loved. He did that to make a way for us to be in relationship with Him, intimate relationship.  This relationship is so much more than religion.  Religion turns me away.  Relationship, that is what it is about.

 He has a special name for each one.  

No one else will know or have the right to know that very special name given by the Creator Himself.  

May you continue seeking to know Him more and more.  

Jeremiah 29:13  “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

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