Recently in church, our pastor Keith, asked us to imagine walking up to one of the tall solid round towers which can be found on this island of Ireland. “Imagine standing with your back to it and leaning against it,” he said, “and you will of course discover that the tower is fully capable of holding your full weight.”
I like the image of leaning back into something, or Someone, who can take my whole weight. Indeed the strength of a tower is something which I’ve tried to capture in my own shared here illustration, which is based on Proverbs 18:10,
The name of the Lord is like a strong tower; the righteous run into it and they are safe.
I am so glad that in today’s world, when we may indeed feel unsafe, that we have been give directions what to do and where to go for safety.
There are of course many different names by which we can address God – Father, Immanuel, Healer, Holy One, Shepherd, and lots more.
I wonder what your favourite name might be. Perhaps like me you will cry out using a different name for God, depending on what your current situation is. That said though, for me personally, two names in particular stand out as real favourites as I’ve walked through these past years of knowing “too much.”
The first name which I often return to is the name God gives to Himself when Moses on being sent on a mission he wasn’t that keen about asks, “Who will I say sent me?” and to which God replies,
I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites “I AM has sent me to you.” Exodus 3:13
And the reason why I like this name so much? Well simply because whatever need I have, God as my I AM will supply an answer. For instance, He tells me…
I AM your peace beyond all understanding when you need it.
I AM your comfort in times of sorrow.
I AM the provider of your daily bread needs.
I AM the One who will carry every burden you entrust to my care.
The second name to which I turn to on an almost daily basis, is found in Genesis 16:13 when Hagar, having done her duty as a slave by producing a son, Ishmael for Abraham, is then cast out into the desert by a somewhat jealous Sarah. In utter exhaustion and on the brink of “giving up,” Hagar hears a voice telling her not to give up because the cry of her son has been heard in the heavenly realm. In return, realising she has been noticed, Hagar gives God this name, El-Roi, meaning the God who “sees me.”
She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me.” Genesis 16:13
What a comfort it has been, and still is, to know that He sees what no one else sees.
He sees not only the tears which do fall, but the ones which I hold deep within.
He sees when I don’t react as I “feel” like doing when my “short fuse” buttons are pushed.
He sees and notices each and every time that I turn towards instead of away from Him.
He sees the injustices of those who have no one to speak out on their behalf.
And so today then, perhaps you could pause, lean your whole weight into and on Him, allowing Him to be your I AM safe place, knowing that in all you will go through today, He will see.
Yours in Him,