What’s in a name?

Faithwriters.com Challenge entry – 12 October 2017 – Advanced – Topic: Storm

In November 2015, Abigail stormed into the west coast of Scotland to join an elite but growing club. Having seen an increasing number of severe weather events in the preceding years, the British Meteorological Office (known as the Met Office) began naming winter storms which were forecast to cause significant damage and disruption. Desmond and Frank surrounded Christmas with gales and severe flooding. Thousands were evacuated from their homes, as power lines crashed and bridges crumbled under the onslaught of wind and water.

It is said that if you name your sheep you identify it as part of the family, and you won’t be able to kill it when you need the meat. The Met Office began naming storms for a similar reason: to help people identify with them, to recognise them when they make landfall and hopefully take precautions before the storm reaches them.

Aside from meteorological events, we face other storms in our lives: sickness, financial loss, bereavement. Many people in our world have lost their homes through war or persecution. The Jews would have identified with these storms as they lamented the destruction of their beloved Jerusalem.

But God has taken steps to identify with his people. Through Isaiah God declares: “Can a woman forget her nursing child? Can she have no pity on the son to whom she gave birth? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you. See, I have marked your names on My hands. Your walls are always before Me. (Isaiah 49:15-16 NLV)

So whether you are naming a storm of life, or simply recalling the latest hurricane, be confident that no matter how rough things get, God will not lose track of your name.

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My wife Elizabeth and I were commissioned as Officers (ministers) in The Salvation Army in 1997, and have served in appointments in England and Scotland. Since July 2016 I have been working in The Salvation Army's Scotland Office as combined parliamentary and ecumenical representative.
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