Recently I was asked, “What do your grands call you?”
The question caused me to remember a conversation with our 3YO granddaughter. She is in the midst of trying to figure out family relationships and what they all are called. Who goes with who, and why each is called what they are.
“Mimi, you are my Mimi, right?”
“Yes, Eliza. I am your Mimi.”
And with a smug look on her face, she responded, “And you are my grandma. You are both of them.”
I was just about to correct her and say I was Mimi, when it dawned on me, Yes, I am her Mimi and her grandma.
There is nothing incorrect about her statement. I am her Mimi and I am her grandma.
She is a most curious child and wants to sort out who is who and their roles in her life. The preciousness of the conversation has stayed with me for a few days now.
Names carry significance. When we think of people, remembering their names, we also remember their personalities, their physical appearance, and their character. Their impact on our lives is recalled, their accomplishments, and perhaps even their failures. But all of this is wrapped up in their name.
There is much to be remembered as we recall the many names of God as well. He is our all in all and each name conveys a different aspect of His character and activity in our lives.
“I will praise the name of God with song
And magnify Him with thanksgiving.”
(Psalm 69:30, NASB)
- El-Roi – The God Who Sees Me: God knows everything about you – past, present, and future. He knows the very number of hairs on your head. He is aware of every detail both known and unknown. You are always under His watchful care as His eye is never off any one of us.
“Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, On those who hope for His lovingkindness.” (Psalm 33:18, NASB)
- Yahweh Rophe – The Lord Who Heals: God is the source of all healing. He is the healer of our bodies and souls.
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits;Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases.” (Psalm 103:2-3, NASB)
- Yahweh Tsuri – The Lord is My Rock: When so much of the world around us is shifting and changing, this is a beautiful reminder of the unchanging nature of our God. He is permanent and faithful, and His plans remain firm.
““The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge.” (2 Samuel 22:2-3, NASB)
- Yahweh Roi – The Lord is My Shepherd: Shepherds protect their sheep. As our Shepherd, God is watching over us day and night, and leading us in safety.
“Like a shepherd He will tend His flock, In His arm He will gather the lambs and carry them in His bosom; He will gently lead the nursing ewes.” (Isaiah 40:11, NASB)
Often I find myself like Eliza and asking a similar question of God, “You are my God, right?”
And He gently responds, “Yes, I am.
Â “I am also the God who sees you,
holds you steady,
and leads you.”
Usually I share a post from last week’s link up in this space. But this week, I’m sharing a post that brought beautiful encouragement. Katherine Pasour reminds us that once we’ve been rescued from brokenness, we recognize God’s infinite love, mercy, and grace. You can read her post “Broken but Loved” HERE.
Come, sit a spell. Bring your coffee, your posts, and your thoughts. If you link up, kindly visit those who have drawn up a seat around you.
Photo taken by me and was overlooking our backyard.
Today I am joining … Recharge Wednesday .