Thursday, July 14, 2011

What’s in a Name?

Apparently quite a bit!
Today at VBS we learned about how Jesus has a name, that he received his name from God, and that it means “God saves.” 
Jesus’ name is special and we all have special names too.  As part of the theme of the day, one of the activities the kids did was find out what their names mean.  Apparently God secretly influenced the naming of my children because they are quite appropriate, one in particular!
I admit that what the kids’ names mean is not something Jim and I considered when we picked the names.  We both liked the name Reagan and chose three more presidential names to go with it.  (For the full story, read HERE.)
Little did we know…
Zachary means “remembered by God” as in “God remembers Zachary every day and protects him from incurring the complete wrath of his parents who are driven absolutely bonkers by his whining and constant car noises.”
Jonathan means “gift of God” and fits him perfectly.  God knew how rough it would be sometimes to raise quads, but at least He took pity on us and gave us Jonathan who often makes the rough times just a little bit easier.
Thomas means “twin”!!!!!  How cool is that?!?  Not only does it make sense because he’s a multiple, but also because according to JIM’S ENTIRE FAMILY Thomas is practically a clone of his daddy.  Daddy’s little twin!
Reagan.  If you thought the other names made sense, wait til you hear this one!  Reagan means “little queen”!  Are you kidding me?  It’s like we waited until after she had been around a couple of years and then chose the exact name that matched her personality!
Coincidence?  Oh, no, no!  God knew exactly what He was doing when He picked these names and put them in our heads!
What about you?  Does your name fit you perfectly?


memckee2 said...

That is priceless! Who can doubt His presence in our lives, even from when "He knit us together in our mother's womb"? Maybe He even heard your name choices and did the knitting to fit.

Suzy said...

LOVE this! My name means "a lily, a rose, or joy" ... not sure that describes me, though, HA!

Bridgette said...

Philip and I were reading through the Bible together when we were pregnant with our second boy and one week we both came across (and loved) the name Asher. We didn't bother to look up the meaning at the time, we just liked the name.

After Asher was born people would always comment about how happy he always was. " He's always smiling!" people would say.

When he was about 10 months old I was again reading in my Bible and ran across the meaning of his name and it is in fact: happy.

We serve a wonderful God who knows us perfectly even before we are born.!