God Knows Your Name
A devotional by Alexis A. Goring
Pastor Charles A. Tapp shared a story one Sabbath morning, as a sermon illustration for his congregation.
He talked about how when he was about to graduate from school with his M.Div. (Master of Divinity) which is a degree that he needed to be a pastor, his fellow theology students were gathered around talking about how they know this person and that person who will give them a job when they graduate. Pastor Tapp said they turned to him and asked, “Charles, who do you know?” Without skipping a beat, Pastor Tapp said, “I know God.”
Years later, this sermon illustration returned to my mind in relation to my job search. I earned a B.A. in Print Journalism and an MFA in Creative Writing. I’ve trained all of the talents the God gave me through studying for these degrees. But the dream job has not yet materialized.
So for a while, I’ve been trying to do what a lot of aspiring creative professionals do—reach out the big names in the business, the famous ones who have a proven track record of success because as someone told me last year, “Once Oprah knows your name, you’re good.” They mean that if Oprah knows your name and likes your work, she can open doors and do wonders for your career.
But lately, I am reminded of that sermon illustration and my Mom’s advice. My Mom told me, “Why are you trying to network with all of the big names in the industry? Just network with God because He knows everybody.”
A song by one of my favorite Contemporary Christian music singers comes to mind. The song is called “He Knows My Name”, and Francesca Battistelli sings it.
The essence of the song is that we are less than perfect. We might not choose ourselves to be on a winning team or celebrated as a champion so we think that God should choose somebody else. But God sees our heart. He made us which means He knows exactly what we need and when we need it.
The song points out that you don’t need your “name in lights” (which means to be well-known due to your work in the Arts & Entertainment industry) because you’re already famous in God’s eyes and He knows your name.
It’s comforting because it reminds me of what really matters and teaches me that even if my name is never in lights, I will be more than okay because God knows my name. He will take care of me whether it’s blessing me with my dream job or opening my eyes to something He has planned that is better than what I’ve imagined.
Ultimately, I realize that God knows my name and He is in control of my destiny. I choose to trust Him to lead me to the job that He knows I need.
Are you experiencing something similar? Let me encourage you to reach out to God. He loves you with all of His heart and He can connect you with the right people to make your dreams come true. He will place you in the best situations and bless you with what you need. It may be something that you never even knew you wanted.