How does the Lord describe you? What is His name for you, for me?
Names have meaning. Your name means something different from mine, but mine is not better than yours. We all have our individuality and that is the way God made us. He likes it that way.
A parent may have many children and not prefer one over the other. The parent learns to appreciate each child’s contribution to the family. I believe that to be the way God feels about us as well.
Sometimes God gives us a message regarding what His faith in us projects us to be or to become. I am thinking of one instance recorded in the Bible when the Angel of the Lord came to Gideon, who was hiding in fear and discouragement from his enemies; the Angel of the Lord greeted him with a salutation of interest to Gideon I am certain, He said, “Hello, mighty warrior!” I can see Gideon looking around to see the person being addressed. He did not feel like a “Mighty Warrior.” But he did BECOME a mighty warrior. (Judges 6: 11 & 12)
I have geared this thought for the purpose of sharing an experience I had a few mornings ago.
I frequently “get” thoughts as I am awaking in the mornings; most of the time I don’t fully understand them and have to do word searches and meditation to understand what I have heard.
Sometimes I hear songs with a particular message of encouragement or information, and they are songs that I have never heard; but most often I hear words that I do not know and have to search out.
A couple of days ago I was awaking and feeling so pitifully incapable. My arms ached and I had decisions to make about purchases, a thing that always unnerves me. I needed to awaken but I wanted to skip the day, when I heard a group of voices in one perfect union say, in a very happy attitude of voice, “Hey! Wake up Vira!”
Well that did it! I woke up wondering “Who is Vira?”
I am used to be a little irked when I heard things I didn’t understand but I have learned to go to the dictionary. God always has a message for me in the experience.
Vira is a name that means “courageous” in Sanskrit. I have never heard that name and I certainly did wonder what it meant.
In the Webster’s Dictionary, it means two opposite things, it can mean a loud and overbearing woman, and it can mean a woman of stature, strength, and courage.
Women of strength and courage are thought to be overbearing by some persons who hold that women are to be subdued. Albeit true, that strong women can be overbearing if they are not directed by the Lord.
So may I become, as did Gideon, what I have been called, Vira, strong and courageous!
As with Gideon, and you, and me, it takes the creating power of the Spirit of God to bring about the person that God has created us to become.
Now I have a vision of myself that I have not held before; and it is a positive vision, and attainable, because it came from the Lord.
What is your positive name? God has one for you too. It is probably something that you would not feel describes you but does, as God creates that quality in you.