The Chinese characters that make up my name define me as a forest, as successful and intelligent, and as a precious rare gem! My husband had this Chinese stamp made for me during our tour of China at the start of our marriage. It seemed appropriate as I was marrying into a family giving me a Chinese mother-in-law. I am not sure how accurate it is or why a forest has anything to do with me. But it is fun to think about the meaning of our names.
Today’s verse points out a commonality in all of our names. Because God is the Father who created each and every family and its members, we all derive our name from Him. God is “Jehovah-Ab” the Lord our Father (Isaiah 64:8). We are all the work of His hands. But to become a child of God, redeemed and inhabited by his Spirit, takes a step of faith and repentance (Eph. 3:16-17). At that point there is no separation but only unity as His family. Whether those already in heaven or those on earth, His children are part of one family. There is no more Jew or Gentile, slave or free, or even male or female (Gal. 3:28).
Only the God of the universe could succeed in making such diverse people one family. But because He can and does, I have brothers and sisters not only worldwide but across time! That strong desire to belong is completely satisfied. Every time I worship with others so different than myself, I get a small inkling of this incredible truth! And like Paul, I kneel before the Father in gratitude!
Thank you Lord, for making me part of Your family!