"Never take for granted My intimate nearness. Marvel at the wonder of My continual Presence with you...I am freely available to all who call upon My Name, who open their hearts to receive Me... (It's) the beginning of a lifelong love story." (289)
Calling on Jesus' Name has been such an important part of my life. Some moments that stand out in my mind: Suddenly screaming out "JESUS" while riding in a college friend's car, as we barely escaped a head-on collision. In our early years of marriage, living on pennies every month. Whispering "Jesus" over a sick, feverish baby. Waiting for paramedics to arrive when my newborn had stopped breathing. Taking both sons to the ER at the same time (they'd collided dirt bikes while racing...groan!) Concerned over an unaccounted for teen who was hours late getting home. Sitting at the hospital with a dying friend. Listening to my husband preach a challenging message in obedience to the Lord, knowing it would not "tickle" some ears in the congregation. Counseling a friend through a most painful, heart-wrenching situation. Taking a phone call with bad news. Being just too emotionally exhausted and physically tired.
Then, there are times of such rejoicing, where speaking His Name gives credit to the joy or wonder of that moment: Gazing at a starry clear sky. Watching ocean waves curl and roll to shore. Holding one of our newborn grand babies. Laughing over simple silly situations. Listening to our son preach a soul-stirring message. Listening to our other son readily pray from his heart, no matter where, when or who is there. Being wrapped up in a worship experience. Sensing His Presence as I fall asleep and again as I wake up. Having a strained relationship mended. Being remembered and loved in lonely times. Hearing my husband's voice, feeling His gentle touch. Knowing how deeply I am loved.
Jesus' Name is more than the start or close of a mealtime prayer. It is the "lifelong love story" with the Lover of my soul! Recently, as my precious Mother-in-law passed away, we sang the songs of Jesus as she quietly slipped into His Presence.
Ah, yes...There really IS something about that Name...dmc