Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
2 Corinthians 2:3-4 ESV
Do you feel alone? I’ve been there. And sometimes looking on your Facebook feed or blog post feed you might feel that everyone’s life is perfect, but I guarantee you it’s not. Not many people would know it by looking at mine, but I’ve spent much of my life depressed. Depressed by life, by my own sin and things that were beyond my control. Through it all God has never abandoned me. All I have to do is look at my name, and I know that I’m not abandoned, and he knew I’d need reminding ALOT.
My first name is Judith. Judith means a Jewish woman. I’m not Jewish, but God knew I would care about the fact that I had the name.
Then, there is the name Windy. In Hebrew, my name can literally be translated into the word for the Holy Spirit because of how it is spelled. And then there’s the verses in John 3:8-9 about the wind, and you do not know where the wind goes.
My last name, the name that I’ve carried with me for 21 years can be translated son of Nicholas. And Nicholas means people’s victory.
So, my name literally means a Jewish woman with the spirit who is the “son” of the people’s victory.
You would have a hard time convincing me that God didn’t name me. I’m sure a lot of people could say the same thing about their name. I’ve not always lived up to the name he’s given me, but I want to. In the times where I’ve been at my lowest, he is patient, loves me through my failures and reminds me that there are no accidents- that before he formed me, he knew me.
I know I’m not the only one who struggles with identity, depression issues, but God is no respecter of persons, and I’m sure if you look closely you’ll find the same is true in your life. No matter what you have dealt with lately or how alone you feel, I promise you that you are not. Sometimes behind the happy Facebook post someone is struggling. Struggling with depression, finances, hurts that they feel no one understands, but it’s a lie. While you are unique, we go through struggles and are comforted by God, so we can comfort others. God sees and he knows. And I have to remind myself of this fact daily. He knows your name. He knew what my name would be- what your name would be. You are no accident!!!