Your Name Is Sweet

When was the last time you heard someone call your name, beckoning you for sincere connection?  I don’t mean a flight of fancy meet up or a quick chat.  I mean a call to close bonds and presence.  To be called by name is a sweet gift.  Perhaps we take the calling of our names for granted.  Tonight I’m pondering the beauty of what it means to have God call me by my name and to be able to call out to Him by His many names.

I hadn’t really thought of this until today, but Jeremiah was shut up in a prison because he spoke God-truth (chapter 31).  He upset the status quo.  The words were offensive.  Being shut up in prison didn’t deter him from seeking God.  It certainly didn’t keep God from speaking to Jeremiah.  In the 33rd chapter of Jeremiah, we find God speaking to him while still locked up in prison.

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Nothing keeps us from hearing God.  He breaks every barrier.  The Lord tells Jeremiah, “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”  It wasn’t the best of circumstances, but I find comfort in the interjection of God’s speech in the midst of Jeremiah’s horrible situation.

I wonder how much of God’s voice I’ve missed because I was so caught up in trying to figure out how to escape life’s strangle hold.  How much did I miss because I was too busy trying to flee the painful discomfort of having my world disturbed?  I was so busy making noisy prayers of complaint rather than being still. I didn’t wait for His voice to calm the wild storm in my heart.  My struggling kept me from seeing the glimmers of Hope in the darkness.  But, God is gracious, kind, and longsuffering.  I heard Him again (because He does not cease to call His beloved), and the racing beats of my soul were quelled.

Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.  ~Jeremiah 33:3

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Even if all I can feebly whisper is His name, it is enough.  God-truth asserts itself in my life.  Sometimes it is right in front of me, but I make much more of the violent storm instead of the God who is bigger than the storm.  Still, I am learning.  God is calling out to me.  Each of His whispers breaks down a barrier.  Each of His whispers is like a sheltering Refuge.  His voice calms the beloved.  When was the last time you called His name?  He is calling yours.

Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.  ~Jeremiah 33:3

Broken, battered places cannot keep the love of God from flourishing.  Challenging circumstances cannot mar the character or greatness of God unfolding in my life.  These are not platitudes.  These are immutable attributes of God.  He is loving, kind, strong, holy, great, and mighty.  I’m calling His name, and I will keep calling Him while the storms rage.

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a prayer from compline hour

Father of all creation
I do not know how to always pray,
But you hear me, you see me, and
You understand my heart.

God of the heavens and the earth
I’m calling out to you.
Be near to me, oh, God.
Let my soul find shelter
In Your Mighty Presence.

Lord, I call to you.
Be merciful and kind toward me
Tell me what I cannot fathom.
May faith well up in my soul.
You will answer.
This I will believe.

Warrior King, may your healing truth
Pierce my pain and cause my heart to rest.
With you, God, I have hope.
I will not be consumed by
Life’s fiery trials and mishaps.

Father of Lights, let your
Faithful love keep me all my days.

Amen

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