RECENTLY I had to reapply for my police check for work as it was about to expire.
Since the last time, the application process has changed and I could not find a document with my full name and address on it, to prove who I am.
I have a birth certificate, but that is in my maiden name. I have a marriage certificate but that is not the registered one, and all my other identifications did not include my middle name, just the initial.
I am beginning to wonder if I exist at all and the Joy has gone (that being my true middle name).
Then I was reminded of the song called He knows my Name by Tommy Walker.
I have a Maker, He formed my heart Before even time began, my life was in his hands
(Chorus1)He knows my name, He knows my every thought He sees each tear that falls, and He hears me when I call’
I have a Father, He calls me His own He'll never leave me, No matter where I go
(Chorus 2) He knows your name; He knows your every thought He sees all those tears that fall, And He hears you when you call.
When I sing this song, I always am moved by it, how God can know my name, when there are billions of people in the world.
Not only does He know my name He knows yours as well, and every person who has walked this earth.
And a Scripture verse “I would not forget you! See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands.” Isaiah 49:15-16 (NLT)
In the scripture the Israelites doubted the love of God; and Isaiah reminded them that even if a mother forgets her own child, He will never forget them.
In fact, Isaiah writes He has written our name on the palms of His hands. God knows my name? But when I look into this scripture more I am overwhelmed by what else God knows about me.
He knows my situation, He knows what I am feeling; He knows the struggles I have. He knows my limitations, my fears and anxieties, my anger and my frustrations.
And He sure does know my weaknesses and still He loves me for whom I am, but do I know Him, do you know Him?
Do we know Him as the God most high, the God who sees, the all sufficient one, the provider and the Lord who heals?
Do we know Him as our creator, shepherd and our righteousness? As we are in a climate of social distancing and the unknown future; take joy in knowing that the God above all other names knows yours.
God is in control; all you need to do is ask Him to take control of your life. Father, thank You for knowing and loving us, thank You for knowing our names and caring so deeply for us.
Help us all to know and love You.
Sonia Edwards, Salvation Army