Psalm 33:20-21 “We put our hope in the Lord. He is our help and our shield. In Him our hearts rejoice for we trust in His holy name.” NLT
One of our families most favorite music groups is Trans-Siberian Orchestra. I must say that I had no idea who this group was when the kids first told me about them. I argued against going to a concert for an orchestra. Who wants to drive 2 hours, fight to park, stand in line in the cold, and then struggle to get to you seats in a crowded coliseum just to see an orchestra? Thankfully, smarter minds prevailed and off we went. ( the hundred dollars spent on tickets probably convinced me more than the smarter minds!) I was grumbling and fussing the entire time as the lines of cars were a couple of miles long outside the arena. I remember thinking that there must have been an accident at the gate of the parking garage. Probably someone trying to escape having to go!
We settled into our seats and then the lights went out. A beautiful children’s choir began to sing and the snow was falling. Ok, well it was soap suds snow but hey! It was quite amazing just the same. I did feel a little put out because only the people on the floor got snowed on. Obviously they paid extra for the snow experience. While I was mulling over the unfairness of the snowfall, I suddenly noticed that the music was getting louder, the lights were getting brighter and suddenly the stage was ablaze in a sea of noise and beauty. For the next three hours I was alternately out of my seat cheering or sitting transfixed by the absolute joy of the music. This is not ordinary orchestra. And their music is no ordinary Christmas show. It is absolutely the most perfect Christmas show outside the story of Christ’s birth that I have ever seen. (usually I don’t link to things but I think a link is good here because you have to hear them!! http://www.trans-siberian.com/) The Christmas Canon and the Wizards in Winter are my most favorite.
I thought of how much I would have missed if I had just settled on the name of the group. I am a music lover. Our children are music lovers. We have quite an assortment of accomplishments within our family. One daughter even has a song writer of the year award under her belt. Another is recording a song right now with the help of an absolutely angelic lady who has opened for many rock and Christian groups! (alright I know, that’s a shameless brag but HEY! I am a mom and I am entitled to brag) Each of our children has a love for the art of making music. That being said, I am not much for spending a lot of time listening to an orchestra. Thank goodness I looked past the name and really came to understand the beauty of the music this group makes.
So often in our lives, we only know of God by one name. To some, the mention of the words God or Lord bring about a mental fear of the unknown. They don’t really know what or who Our Father is. But what if I gave you some other names? What if instead of Father He becomes your Abba (my Father) or my personal favorite, your Adonai (My Lord)? When I pray to Him, I use words that have meaning to me and to my circumstance. For when I am in need and am on my knees struggling, my El-Shaddai (Powerful and Willing to Supply) comes to my rescue. When I am sick in mind and body, my Jehovah Rapha (Lord who Heals) is there for me. When there is chaos in my world, he is my Jehovah-Shalom (Lord of Peace). No matter what name you use for Him, He is always there for you. Crying out as a child or praising Him in your gratitude, He will always be there for you. Even when you turn away, He sits patiently waiting for you to return. He knows your name. He knows your heart. He loves you anyway. There is nothing you can do to make Him turn His back on you. Today, learn a new name for your most gracious Heavenly Father. Study it and make it your own so that when you are on your knees in anguish, His name comes easily to your lips. When you are filled with happiness for His blessings, His name will reach up to the heavens from your song to Him. I pray for each of us to know God and to know that no matter what your circumstance, He is only waiting for you to call Him by name and He will come to you.