Rams In The Thicket
Pink Kitty reminded me.
I needed reminding.
"Jehovah" is an English translation of the Tetragrammatron, which are the 4 letters for the name of God.
When God told His Name, He said "I Am." He offered that definitive statement. He IS. Regardless of what we are, what we think or what we believe. He IS and Was and Causes Existence To Exist.
It always strikes me as funny how this big God Who Is also cares about me, when I am only here for a short time, and only here because He called me into being, kept me being. The tiny signs of Grace that He sends--even when I forget His largest grace in the sacrifice of His Son.
What am I on about? Well, there's the money that comes out of nowhere when it is much needed and least expected. There's the phone that rings with a friend on the other line when you really need to know you have friends. There's the way your soulmate turns up when you least expect it--when the strange exchange student who was your mean boss actually turns out to be from Pennsylvania and will laugh at your jokes. There's the really good book by an author you like on sale at Border's when you want something fun and fresh to read. The fact that it's a 3 for the Price of 2 sale and you can get 2 extra fun and fresh things along with it.
There's the time your car breaks down on the side of the road and a guy from the cable company picks you up and drives you home. And he's listening to the Christian radio station and you talk about the God you have in common and he says he'll pray for you. And you take down the number of the van and call the Cable company and they don't have a van with that number or a driver with that name and you think that maybe, just maybe, it was one of the angels unaware.
There's the time when there's no answer, when you realise you're in the wilderness. When things are hard and bitter and they don't work out. When people die, when jobs are lost, when the surgery that was supposed to heal you puts you in agony for an entire year. And you realise that HE was in the wilderness, that He starved and sweat and battled Satan while constrained in the manflesh. And you think that how bad it is for you pales in comparison to how bad it must have been for the One Who Causes All To Exist to limit Himself to the frailty of one body. How it felt for the One who made rain to be thirsty and the One who sent manna to be hungry. And you realise that He did all of that so that He could get to talk to you again and get to see you around forever. No other reason but that He made you and He loves you and He not only died for you. He lived on this earth in a body just as sore and tired as yours, when He didn't have to.
And you know it is foolish to many to love Him when you've never seen Him but you can't explain fully that you have seen Him. Because the unexpected money comes and the phone rings and the ram is in the thicket.