The Power of a Name - Thursday's Dose - 22nd November 2012

Thursday's Dose - 22nd November 2012

The Power of a Name

And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. - Genesis 1:5

Mom had been complaining of pain and stiffness for weeks. Dad and I would ask where it hurt, and she would just say, "All over." She trekked from one specialist to another. Some prescribed mild pain relievers. Others prescribed antibiotics. Nothing seemed to help. No diagnosis perfectly matched her symptoms. She did less and less around the house and often spent the day in bed.

I didn't know what to think of Mom's complaining. In my childhood, I had sometimes faked a stomachache to try to avoid a day of school. (It never worked.) Was Mom trying to avoid something? Worse, was she becoming addicted to pain medication? Every day she complained that everything hurt all the time. Even Dad seemed frustrated by her moaning. Finally, she and Dad found a specialist with the correct diagnosis. The specialist called her illness polymyalgia rheumatica. That ugly name completely changed my mother's outlook. Once her illness had a name, she accepted her symptoms and immediately stopped complaining. She then focused on treatment. She knew her pain would probably last a couple of years and then disappear. And that's what did happen.
When we name something, we claim it. This is why we name our children and give special nicknames to those we love. In my mother's case, naming her illness helped her accept it so she could begin healing.

God did not name only Day. He named both Day and Night. In doing so, God claims jurisdiction over every moment in time. God named Sky and is its authority. God named Earth and Seas and therefore has authority over these as well.

Whatever God named, humankind cannot control. We cannot control the sea or the weather. We cannot keep a volcano from erupting. We cannot interchange day and night. God does not relinquish authority of these things to us. So everything we see, including things we cannot see, in all directions is in the power of God.

The universe is our reminder that God is its authority. Let us not forget that he is also our Authority.

Prayer: Our Loving Lord, we are grateful you do not forget us, even though we forget you. Thank you for claiming your authority over the greater part of the universe so we don't have to worry about it ourselves. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

Have a Blessed Thursday and God Bless you.
Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team