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What's Your Name?
by Michelle Greene Wheeler
02/03/07
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What's Your Name?

So many names have been attached to You since time has begun, and there is personal truth in several of them.

Adonai-Lord; I give You all authority in my life, so Adonai fits You in many ways. Immanuel-God with us; You are with me every moment of every day, so there is truth in Immanuel. Jehovah-Jireh- The Lord will provide; You have and will always provide for my every need, so this would be an appropriate name for You. Jehovah-Rophe- The Lord heals; this name has a meaning dear to my heart because there have been so many pains and scars that You alone have been able to heal in my life.

Redeemer- absolutely. Friend- without a doubt. Perhaps Savior is a name which carries the most weight, and reflects the suffering that You endured on my account. But though I love and revere this name, even Savior doesn't seem to quite fit as a name to call You on a regular basis.

And ours in a relationship that it is more intimate than one shared with someone whom you would call Father, for Father seems so formal. As if You are one to answer to, be afraid of, revere but seldom have any kind of relaxed conversations with.

That's just not us, is it, Lord? That cannot even compare to the relationship that You and I share. The hours that You have carried me in Your very own arms are innumerable. The days that You have protected me from this world as well as myself are not even known to me. The tears that You have wiped from my eyes or the times that it has been You who has returned the smile to my face could be counted by no one but You. I know that I am blessed beyond human comprehension because of the enormous privilege that comes along with being called Your child. You are in every word I write, every song I sing, every action I take and every thought I have. If I cannot draw breath nor cease to breathe without You, then the bond that the two of us share is critical to my very being. We are inseparable.

I read an article recently which talked about another biblical title bestowed upon You: Abba. It explained that this simple little name, when translated from the original Hebrew, is equivalent to our own word "Daddy".

Now that speaks to my heart. It suggests the closeness that I feel for You, and the kind of love that I know You feel for me. It says that You are all the names already mentioned in one. It says that I am Your child, loved beyond measure, and that I will share in the inheritance that only those who have been given Your name will receive. And it speaks to the relationship that I share with You. A bond that cannot be broken, come what may. A love that maintains through life, as well as death and the world to come. You’re my best friend, Lord. The dearest and closest confidant; the truest love of my life. You are everything to me.

If I'm not completely open, honest and undeniably real with You, Lord, then, who can I be real with? People may be confused or even dismayed, at how I write or talk with You. They may see how I talk with You about my day, week, or life's miniscule events as irreverent or of little consequence. They may read the words I use and find me lacking in eloquence or flair. They may hear me call You by a name that they would never use themselves and wonder at my insolence.

But You, who knows my thoughts, my heart, my strengths, along with my many weaknesses already, wouldn't want me to be any other way, would You, Lord? After all, what good is pretense with someone who knows the flawed, scarred me inside this shell? What use are fancy words, flowing speeches, or magnificent titles attached to Your name if they don't speak to my heart, or even more importantly Yours? You immediately know the emptiness behind speeches meant to flatter and the great meaning behind the silence of the direst times. For sometimes, there is not even a word in existence that can truly explain what lies within the boundaries of my heart. But You, my designer, know every thought, yearning and desire before I even speak. You understand my groans when those words won't come at all.

So, if I speak with You in terms that are plainer than most would use, then they'll just have to understand. I won't be bound by other's expectations, popular opinion or even rules of grammar. How I talk to You, when we talk, or the name I call You will only be bound by the limits of my vocabulary and understanding, along with Your love for me. For whatever words I use, You hear the meaning in my heart of hearts. And I love You even more for being the God who gets me, no matter what I do or say.
I Love You, Lord.

Copyright 07-mgw


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David&Dee Jobes 04 Feb 2007
Beautiful anointed devotional! Thanks for sharing your heart so beautifully and sharing how special the Name "Abba" is to you!!!I too Love that Name of God!!! How precious is our Heavenly Father!:) God Bless, In Christ, Dee "Numbers 6:24,25,26"
Thomas Kittrell 03 Feb 2007
Michelle, this is a wonderful article that speaks from your heart.
Thomas




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