#2  Praising Through Clouds, The Letter ‘E.’

 

            Hattie and Beth were sitting on the front porch looking at the puffy clouds in the bright blue sky.

            “Look,” said Hattie, “there’s a letter “E.”

            Beth looked and looked.

            “Well, it’s not the clouds that are the “E,” it’s the blue, and the clouds are all around the edges.  The “E” can be for you.  Isn’t your real name Elizabeth?”

            “It is.  It comes from the Hebrew for pledged to God.”

            “Hattie is Old German, and it means home leader, or ruler of the hearth.  Strange.”

            When Beth spoke again, she said, “Do you remember that song about Jesus knowing our names?  It starts, ‘I have a Maker, He formed my heart before even time began.’”

            “I know that song,” said Hattie.  “The words are by Tommy Walker.  I think it was in a promotional video for Samaritan’s Purse.  The little boy wanted Franklin Graham to remember his name.  John.  But, I’m not sure about the ‘before time began’ part.”  But, Luke 10:20 gives us reason to rejoice because our ‘names are written in Heaven.’”

            Beth grabbed her Bible and opened to Revelation.  “Look, here are four references about people’s names NOT being written in the Book of Life; they will be cast out.  So, I think that would imply that believers have their names written in the Lamb’s Book.  Revelation: 3.5; 13.8; 17.8; 20.15.  It’s the Revelation 13:8 that includes the words, ‘written before the foundation of the world….’”

            “That’s a lot to think about.  I like the part in Psalm 139 (RSV, KJV) ‘For thou didst form my inward parts, thou didst knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I will praise thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.’” 

            “Back to the song.  ‘He knows my name; He knows my every thought; He sees each tear that falls, And He hears me when I call.’” 

            Hattie concluded, “I believe God made me, and He knew I would believe, and He had my name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life before He created the World.” 

            “Wow!” Beth replied.

            They sat quietly for a few moments, overwhelmed. Then, Hattie spoke, “Lord, we praise you.”