“Can you hear me now?”
I’d walked away from the pine trees that stood like sentinels in my yard, and found an open space with a stronger cell phone signal.
Sometimes I forget the olden days when my phone conversations happened indoors. My freedom went no further than the length of my phone cord.
Now, my phone has a camera. I can take a Selfie and send it to the world. “Look everyone! Can you see me now?”
Why all the Selfies? Are we in love with ourselves? Or want to be known?
When preteens were asked what they’d like to be when they grow up, the majority of them said they want to be famous.
Their response mirrors our celebrity culture and reality television shows. Children don’t care about being a policeman, teacher or leaving a legacy like Mother Theresa. They want name recognition. Ever heard of the Kardashians?
Social media has made being famous—or infamous—possible. Overnight, a name can go viral. Even fleeting fame makes us feel like we’re Somebody.
Does fame validate our self worth? I don’t need fame, but I get tired of feeling…
Invisible. Ignored. Forgettable.
Why does Self want to be noticed? Is it pride? Or a deep longing to be known and loved for who we are?
Do you know that God knows your name and loves you?
I recently talked to a women’s group about a poor pregnant Egyptian maid. (Genesis 16) The Lord found her wandering in the wilderness by a spring of water and called her by name, “Hagar.”
Can you imagine Adonai—the sovereign Lord—calling you by name?
Hagar was nobody. She also wasn’t perfect.
“When she saw that she’d conceived a child by Abram, she despised her mistress, Sarai.” Then Hagar suffered the consequences. Sarai treated her harshly so she ran away.
Thankfully, Hagar didn’t have to be perfect for God to step into her life and call her by name. He said, “I’ve heard your affliction.” Then He promised to multiply her descendants through her son Ishmael.
Hagar recognized who was speaking to her, and said, “Thou are a God who sees.”
El Roi—the Living God Who Sees—knows our mistakes, weaknesses, fears, struggles, thoughts and intentions.
God knows everything. And He still loves us and calls each of us by name.
Do you know the Name of Jesus which is above every name?