“But now, this is what the LORD says; he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1
We all have names, and He knows us by our name. While looking through photos of children in Haiti descriptive words come to mind that could be given as names; names like hungry, tired, lonely, sadness, empty, broken and hurting. Through North American eyes there really doesn’t appear to be any joy considering their surroundings. The attached photo was taken at the Messef school in Ouanaminthe. Their school room was dark; it was difficult for my eyes to adjust to the darkness of their room after coming in from outside. It must have been over ninety degrees in their room and here they sat patiently listening to North American missionaries’ share the love of Jesus with them as their lunch time drew closer. He knows their names.
Psalm 23 is one of those best known and loved passages in the Bible because it comforts us with the image of a good shepherd caring for His helpless, wandering sheep. At just the right time, he stands, calls them to follow him and gently reassures them as he walks forward. Every one of His sheep have a name, and He knows them all. Each sheep hears that familiar voice and his own name and follows the steps of the Good Shepherd. Thank you for answering His call to ‘follow me’ and bring food to Messef. We all have a name, disciple, steward, benefactor, missionary, good and faithful servant.
Dear Heavenly Father, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.
May God be with you…Jay