I find names very interesting.
How parents choose their child’s name…
· Family names…
· Biblical names…
· Historical names…
· Current popular names…
· Strong names…
· Unusual names and reasons…
The list goes on and on.
Our children’s names were chosen to honor a family member or friend, Biblical names, and even the brand name of a baby gift. (A funny story, but her name fits her beautifully, and I cannot image her by any other name).
I also find the Names of God very interesting.
In my Pre-Believer and Early-Believer days, I would have limited the names for God to:
Lord, God, and possibly Father.
As my relationship has grown with my Father, I’ve learned that God, Lord and Father can’t even begin to convey all that He is to me now.
Because He is so complex, one name or even a trillion names will never describe His character, His vastness, HIM. So, on different days, in different seasons of my life, He can be many things and be called by many names.
When I see a sunrise or sunset that takes my breath away, I’m reminded of His Majesty and I go to Psalms and read of His Beauty and Power:
“Honor and majesty are before him; strength and beauty are his sanctuary” (Ps. 96:6). Father, all that You are encompasses Your Majesty, Your Beauty and Your Power. Thank you for providing beauty through creation to remind me of your presence.
When I hear laughter, especially the laughter of children, I’m reminded of Joy. I see Jesus walking through the crowd and hearing children laughing... Close your eyes with me and picture Jesus. Do you see what I see?
Do you see a smile that begins at his lips and grows so that it shines through His eyes as His whole face lights up? Do you hear His belly laugh as He watches the children play?
Jesus experienced pure unadulterated Joy as He watched
Father, remind me to take time for Joy. Help me to stop and savor laughter. Thank you for telling us in Your Word how important children are when you said: “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt. 19:14). May I become as a child and always approach you with freedom and delight.
Father, today, at this very moment, I am overcome with Your Majesty, Beauty, Power, and Joy. As I look around I see Your hand in all of creation, in all of life. I am so grateful to be Your child and I love you with all I am.