I really believe that there is a lot of significance to our names... The Bible is very clear on this. We can look back through history and see circumstances when God even changed the name of some, in order to "kick off" a new season in their life.
Not only do our names give some meaning and insight into who we are or who we may become, but often times they offer some prophetic insight into our own spiritual destiny. Ever since I was a child my father has told me that the Lord specifically gave him my name - Sharon Michelle. Now I've looked allllllllllllllllllll over the internet to find the literal meaning of my name, hoping to find out that it means something STRONG like Lioness of God... or anything along those lines. You can imagine my excitement to find out that my name meant "a flat plain". Great. Real cool. A FLAT PLAIN!
Well last night I had the desire to look into this a bit more and search out the verses that mentioned "Sharon". I found that 7 out of 8 times my name was used to describe a location (i'm assuming "a flat plain") in the middle east. Okay so at least now I have a bit of background on where this wonderful flat plain is located. While reading through these scriptures, I found that I was drawn to one particular verse in Isaiah (no shocker to those who know me - as this happens to be one of my favorite books in the Bible!).
Sharon will become a pasture for flocks,
and the Valley of Achor a resting place for herds,
for my people who seek me.
FINALLY my search yields some depth! :)
Of course my next step is to expand the chapter and read it in it's entirety... and the more I read, the more my spirit is stirred. The beginning of the chapter focuses on God's grace to His people. How he had revealed Himself even to those who had not searched for Him... How he continued to hold His hands out those who have turned their hearts away from him - a people who shamelessly mock Him. He goes on to speak of another group... those who will "possess His mountains". These people make up a remnant of faithful servants to the Lord.... and NOW is where Sharon comes in! During this time that Sharon will become a pasture for flocks. I LOVE THAT!!!! So this plain, that once was thought of as flat and desolate will bloom into a pasture... a place where flocks will come and receive nourishment and food in order to sustain themselves.
All this to say that after reading that passage I felt like the Lord gave me an even more targeted mission. THAT is how I want my life... my music... to be:
-a resting place
-nourishment to others
And I know it's only through God's grace that I can accomplish this.
So what does your name mean? :)
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