And the LORD said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.” Exodus 33:17
Grace’s babbling over the baby monitor drew me out of sleep. I listened, smiled, and rolled over. Her constant, incoherent chatter soon lulled me into drowsiness, until two syllables snapped me awake.
Not sure I’d heard correctly, I reached across the pillows to turn up the volume. I listened to Grace rustle around in her crib until she said it again, this time drawing it into a song. “Mamamamamamamama.”
A smiled flooded my face as I headed down the hall to get my baby girl. For weeks, I’d begged her to say my name. She’d look in my eyes, smile, and say “Da-da.” But this time, it was my name. I’d listened closely just to make sure.
It’s amazing how important it is to hear your name. It made me think of the day I’ll stand before Christ, when I’ll look in his face and hear Him call out, “Carol Buell Hatcher.” Just thinking about it had my heart bursting, and I threw open the door to the nursery.
I ran to the cherub in the baby bed and lifted her up to my face. “Awww, who’s got you?” I asked, waiting eagerly to hear my name roll from her baby-soft lips.
Lord, I am honored and amazed that You know me by name.
This devotional by Carol Hatcher originally appeared in Daily Guideposts: Your First Year of Motherhood and is reprinted with permission from Guideposts Books and Inspirational Media, Guideposts.org. Copyright © 2011 by Guideposts. All rights reserved.
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