I wonder though. Words have power and name words even more so. Our names define us to some degree, they tell who we are, and where we came from. On another level, the meaning of our names can even hint toward a deeper meaning.
Personally, I have changed my nickname over the years to reflect who I am, or who I think I am. I have been Quiet Kathy, Bubbly Katie, Studious Katherine (That one didn’t last long), and now Simply Kate, short and to the point. Each one was ‘me’ for a time. None of us stays the same forever. As we age, our attitude and essence change, hopefully for the better.
How great a God we serve, he knows the names of the stars. He knows when a sparrow falls and he knows the number of hairs on our heads. He has us engraved on his hands. We are ever before him.
‘See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands.’ Is 49:16a NLT
He knew the Pharaoh’s Daughter through all her name changes. He has known me and loved me through all my phases. The names on his hands do not change. They are the essence of us with all our facets and changes.
Who can know us better than God? And who can love us better?
We are God’s children, adopted into his family even as Moses was adopted into the Pharaoh’s family. The difference is, once we are in, no one can cast us out. When Jesus came, all believers became children alongside the Jews.
‘I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand.’ Jn 10: 28-29 NLT
Whatever name I choose to use, with all my flaws and weaknesses, all my talents and strengths, I am a Daughter of God.
- What are some names you have gone by over the years? How do they reflect you?