If you're like me, you have a tough time with names. Even after learning someone's name, it's always a struggle to recall it back to memory. And once I've learned someones name wrong, it never goes well after that.
Many times we will see someone around town or at an activity, and though we recognize their face, the name evades us. We usually converse with them with the common "hey man", "you too, dude", "talk to you later, buddy", hoping to never have to try and decipher what their name is.
And one of the reasons for this is because we don't truly know them. We know who they are (somewhat), we know what they look like, but we don't know them, on a personal level.
The other day, I was reading in 1 Kings 13. Jeroboam is king of Israel after the nation splits, and he has built altars. 1 Kings 13:2 says And the man cried against the altar by the word of the Lord and said, "O altar, altar, thus says the Lord: 'Behold, a son shall be born to the house of David, Josiah by name.... This stuck out to me, because Josiah didn't come to the scene for nearly 300 years later, yet God called him by his name.
This is how it is with us. You may not be known by celebrities, politicians, or even a large crowd for that. You may feel that your life is full of minor events, never rising to prominence. But here's the thing, the Creator of the universe knows you by name. Not only that, He knows the number of hairs on your head. He knows the days of your life. He knows your comings and your goings, your risings and your sittings. And He cares about you.
No matter what today brings, ups, downs, surprises, or mundanes, find your joy in this fact, that you are known by God Almighty. Known on the deepest level, He even knows your darkest secrets, and He loves you the same.
I encourage you to take a moment to read Psalm 139, and see the great love that God has for you, His child.
This Sunday, August 22 at 5:00pm is a wedding shower for Peter Westervelt and his soon to be bride Jayci!
Next Thursday, August 26 from 5:00pm-7:00pm is the Back-to-School Carnival in the Columbus City Park. If you want to help, let Andy know.
Don't forget to keep practicing your talents for our talent night, September 26th!