But Then He Changed My Name

Written by Lisa DeVinney on . Posted in poetry

“The man asked him, ‘What is your name?’
‘Jacob,’ [meaning deceiver], he answered.
Then the man said, ‘Your name will no longer be Jacob [Deceiver], but Israel,
because you have struggled with God…and have overcome.’”
Genesis 32:27-30 NIV
He made me say my name out loud -
That name that others call me,
The one I’ve earned time and again,
The way so many saw me.
And tasting it on my own tongue
Sent bitter shivers through me.
It echoed through my stopped up ears
And I knew, then, He knew me.
He didn’t need to hear the name
To know just who I was.
He wanted me to say it so
I’d see the way He does.
And as I stumbled o’er the word,
I saw Him sadly smile
Knowing that I had finally learned
What He’d known for a while.
And as that realization dawned,
I’d hung my head in shame.
But Jesus lifted up my chin,
And then… He changed my name.
He whispered it so sweetly as
Its meaning sunk down in;
And I knew I’d received a gift
Of grace and love from Him.
So with that name etched on my heart,
I live to please my Lord.
And every day He whispers sweet
That in Him, I’m Adored.
“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world…
In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ,
in accordance with his pleasure and will—
to the praise of his glorious grace,
which he has freely given us in the One he loves.”
Ephesians 1:4-6 NIV
©Lisa DeVinney, August 2014
[inspired by pastor-friend John Bartz’s sermon on Jacob]

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