Daily Nugget

It's All In A Name!


Isaiah 43:1 (KJV)

43 But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.

 

As we become older, we become wiser as to the ways of the world versus what God says.  I have moments of peace when God will speak to my heart, and while I don't always understand what He is saying to me or showing me at that moment; I hold onto the conversations tenderly with knowledge that God does not speak just to hear Himself speak.

 

Now, something so simple as a name, which many of us never think about other than addressing each other; it denotes a nature.  As I sat thinking about this, knowing that God was ultimately leading me down this path of thought for a purpose, I sat remembering how I was once told many years ago of the meaning of Jacob's name; trickster.  Perhaps the name was a true representation of how a name does denote a person's nature seeing he tricked his brother out of his birthright.  While I thought on these things, there are several examples an individual’s name denoting a nature in the bible as well as those whose name the Lord changed which is now representative of their new nature; I began to question God as to why He would have me think on these things. 

 

In prayer, I was prostate crying my eyes out.  It had been a while since this happened.  However, my heart yearned to know why it seemed, no matter what; I could not be cruel to people.  Like many of you that have experienced good as well as bad experiences, I could not be hateful to others.  God also allowed me to have experiences that were sometimes negative; even hurtful, and yet, I could not harbor anger.  Sure, there were times I have been hurt, but purposely hurting another just was not in my DNA.

 

As I got up from prayer and allowed Holy Spirit to continue to minister to me, He reminded me that my name denoted my nature.  Sitting quietly, I did a search of the meaning of my name and in finding it, I thought of my grandmother.  I remembered one of the many conversations I had with her. Something I questioned many years ago, finally, I had accepted it.  There were times in my life I would walk away from people and situations in tears, never speaking of what transpired or sharing it with anyone but God.  And yet, even now I could have a peace that surpassed all understanding because it just confirmed how I always knew, God not only had a hand in naming me, but without a doubt, knew what He was doing as He always does.

 

Even in frustration and tears, searching for direction and a deeper understanding of who I was, Holy Spirit bought back to remembrance these two scriptures immediately:

 

Romans 9:20 (KJV)

20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?

 

Isaiah 45:9 (KJV)

Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?

 

And then I remembered, sitting before my grandmother, I asked her why in the world I was given a popular name from the 60's era.  She did what she did so often when I asked her a question.  She smiled and sat quietly for a moment as if contemplating how she would answer me.  I had come to learn, her moments of silence were not her inability to answer, but her desire to answer in such a way I would not forget and receive that which she desired to deposit into my life, or her restraint from grabbing me to give me a good shaking.

 

As she began to speak, this is what she said.

 

Pamela, you name means honey, sweetness.  And while you may not understand it today, a name denotes a nature.  I knew from the moment I laid eyes on you that you were sweet.  There will be days to come that you may not understand and perhaps even despise who you are, but know this, God makes no mistakes. 

 

It would be years later that this conversation like so many would come back to me.  The years she would nurture me, show me it was perfectly fine to be soft and tender, explaining to me about life, giving words of affirmation, declaring my worth and how precious I was as a daughter of God.

 

I look back long enough to reminisce, embrace and treasure the importance, the value of the many conversations I had with not only her, but the women God placed over my life.

 

While we each have been called by different names in life, it is not always what we are called, but what we answer to, what we embrace and attune to.  Ask yourself today, who and what does God call you.  Yes, people will say and do many things that will either bless you or hurt you.  They will even call you names, talk bad about you contrary to what God calls you, has spoken regarding you.  But remember this above all else; what you answer to makes the difference in your journey.  You my love, you have a destination to reach.  There are others waiting for you to arrive because you have something they not only want; they are in need of it.  So, smile, and on the day tears fall, keep moving and know who your Heavenly Father calls you.  Celebrate and know, that if He hasn’t already, one day He shall even change your name!

 

It’s all in a name, know yours!

A Song for your journey:    In Over My Head ** Jenn Johnson

Shalom

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Have a blessed day everyone!

From my heart to yours…

Pamela

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