Our pastor asked us to pose this question to God: “What were You thinking about when You created me?” And then I received an email from a friend who shared this story with me:
At church, on Monday, three of us take slightly used or new t-shirts and turn them into shorts for places that might need them. I had contacted a friend my husband went to school with, who was leaving for Africa in a few days with seeds to plant at an orphanage. He was thrilled with them. He had his laptop and shared beautiful pics of the country and the people. We were naturally asking him LOTS of questions about his missions. We asked how he got started, and he said God had told him he needed to go to Africa and dig wells so the villages could have clean water. He didn’t question God. His first few visits were with groups and now he has groups going, but he goes on his own throughout the year. He gave us his business card. I noticed his middle name is Wellman. I said, “So the Wellman is an addition since you started this work?” He said, “No. My mother named me William, but the recorder misspelled it and I was stuck with it, hating it as a child. Now I know God had his hand in my life since the very day of my birth!” AMAZING God we have!
It reminds me of the verses in Psalm 139:16, where it says, “Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” It seemed a mistake was made until this man grew into the name God had given him. God knew he would be doing Kingdom work digging wells before he was born. What did God know you would be doing, before you were born? I have to ask myself the same question. I have heard that I was named after a librarian. It seems appropriate since I love to write. I hope we are all listening to what God tells us to do, so, like this man, the day comes in our own lives when we know we are in the perfect will of God. In days of old, names meant something—many names were given that told of a person’s past or future.
Searching And Noticing the Divine moments happen in all of our lives. With our focus on our Savior, we will notice God putting us in the right place, at the right time, for the right reason. We may get a rough start in life—we may think our name, or the things happening are a mistake, but not in God’s plan. And when our name is written in God’s Book of Life in Heaven because of our faith in Jesus Christ, we know we will end up in the right place at the right time. We will live in God’s perfect will for all of eternity in Heaven.
Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful,
but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
Revelation 21:27 (NIV)