Tonight I went to a Tuesday night prayer and worship service that is held at North Cleveland Church of God (a church that is right off campus). I look forward to Tuesday nights because I have the opportunity to pray and worship with brothers and sisters who are very much alive in Christ and excited about what God is doing in Cleveland. Tuesdays are a time that I get to sink into my pentecostal roots for an hour or two, which I love, and soak up the fire of God all around me. So, ya. I love Tuesdays.
This Tuesday was a little different, though. Today was a snow day *hooray*. Side note- it was awesome. We came. We played. We conquered…. Today in the prayer tower of North Cleveland, the energy was lacking. Our awesome leaders, who are so sensitive and receptive to the Spirit, decided that today, instead of praying, we needed a little bit of time to be filled. So, for forty-five minutes we worshipped and prayed and soaked up all of The Lord’s goodness.
It is so amazing how when we open ourselves up to Him, He can just wreck us. He wrecked me. He wrecked me with the truth that I am His delight, His joy, His beloved. He wrecked me, when He showed me that I always have been. The coolest part of mine and God’s little date tonight, was when I finally drew a connection between Isaiah 62 and something as personal to myself as my name.
Abigail: “My father’s joy”, “Joy of the father”
As I grew up I always cherished the meaning of my name. I delighted to think that my daddy really wanted me named Abigail, because I was his girl, and he really did take joy in me. This is so true, and has always been very special to me. However, it wasn’t until recently that my eyes were opened to the full implications of “Abigail.” I am the joy of my heavenly Father. I carry with me the joy of my heavenly Father. He delights in me. He delights in me.
And you will be called something new, something brand new,
a name given by none other than the Eternal One.
3 And you will be the crowning glory of the Eternal’s power,
a royal crown cradled in His palm and held aloft by your God for all to see.
4 People won’t talk about you anymore
using words like “forsaken” or “empty.”
Instead, you will be called “My delight” and the land around you “Married,”
because the Eternal is pleased with you and has bound Himself to your land.
5 As a young man marries the woman he loves,
so your sons will marry you, Jerusalem.
As a groom takes joy in his bride,
so your God will take joy in you.
Isaiah 62:2-5 The Voice Translation
As I re-read this scripture, I cannot contain the smile that is stretching across my face. The same promise that God made with Israel is the same promise that He makes with me and you. This declaration of love is for all people. There is not one who is not invited to this joy. Come and be filled. Open up your heart one more time and let its creator wreck you.