I will also give that person a white stone with
a new name written on it,
known only to the one who receives it.
Revelations 2v17 niv
And you will be given a new name by the LORD's own mouth.
Isaiah 62v2 nlt
Yesterday was our Sabbath— the day Phil and I stop all work and reflect on God's goodness... all day long. A day set aside specifically to delight.
Sabbath is a day to place our lists and our pressures, our unsolved problems and our stressors in God's hands. To just be with Him in gratitude and wonder. To rest. To remember.
To remember whose we are.
We who have chosen to believe in Jesus belong to Him. He gives us His name and He knows us by name. And someday we will get a new name— one that He will place on each of us like a crown of knowing. Not just any name, but a name that signifies who we really are.
I can imagine Him presenting you with your name as all of us watch in wonder.
This is my child, (your new name here). I love this one dearly. Welcome her home!
And then we’ll all crowd around you in unfiltered delight! I think maybe we’ll join hands and form a circle of dance around you, kicking up our feet in spontaneous hilarity.
You’ll be laughing and blushing and beaming with happiness.
For each of you who feel harried and hurt today, may you take just a moment to dream about that Day.
Imagine yourself with Him, tucked under His arm. Imagine how much all of us, each of us— millions of us--will love you. We’ll be proud of you. We’ll see you, not with eyes of judgment, but eyes of understanding and admiration.
We’ll see your worth.
From a heart delighting in a love that I can hardly grasp,
P.S. My list of names to bring on my walking, praying treks through these Pacific Northwest storms is growing. I am having a increasing sense of the importance of these soggy walks. If you’d like to add your name please tell me in the comments.