I was given a name with several nickname possibilities. I answer to Susan, Susie, Suz, and Sue. Even my grandkids use a variety of names: Grandma Susie, Granny, or Grandma Su-Su. All names belong to the same person, but each relays a slightly different meaning.
Names are significant!
I participated in a meaningful Bible study several years ago that examined various names of God. During this study, understanding expanded, and devotion deepened as I learned each name reflects an aspect of God’s character.
Gathered weekly around my dining room table, our small group included a grieving woman who had discovered her husband’s betrayal a few months earlier. Since then, her longtime marriage dissolved. Her two wounded children struggled. Her financial stability was toppled. And, Sandra  was confused about where God was in her situation.
One evening we explored the name El Roi, from Hebrew translated, “The-God-Who-Sees.” God’s kind character was revealed to an Egyptian slave, named, Hagar, a woman, who also had been betrayed. Listening, mesmerized by Hagar’s encounter with God, the significance of the name El-Roi penetrated Sandra’s hurting heart. That encounter with A NAME changed her life forever.
A couple years later, I bumped into Sandra at the grocery store. We caught up in the produce section. Life was going well. Her future felt hopeful. The kids were thriving. Her reduced-income housing was now a comfortable home. She was leading a small group of women from her church.
Sandra told me she recalled often that night, sitting at my dining room, table when she realized El-Roi saw her.
God’s names are not only significant, but they have the power to heal a heart and change the course of a life!
God of Mercy, Grace, and Love,
In my moments of confusion,
or days filled with darkness;
When my heart loses hope,
and I feel unloved or unlovable;
Remind me You are El Roi, The-God-Who-Sees-Me!
May you be assured God sees YOU…