I was reading the Word this morning and came across Exodus 33:17:
And the LORD said to Moses, "I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name."
I'm reminded of the scene in the Chevy Chase movie, "Christmas Vacation," where Clark Griswold's boss continually forgets/get wrong his name, despite the brilliance of Clark's work on various food additives. In the Air Force, as I'm sure it is in any large civilian corporation, it is often who you know that helps you move up in the organization. Fact is, there are so many excellent people, how does a leader choose who to promote? It often boils down to a simple matter of picking "the known commodity." A leader will go with the people he knows are good rather than take a chance on someone who is an unknown commodity. Some many folks work very hard to be noticed by the big boss.
I read this verse and I equate this in my life to the CEO of GM knowing the name of a simple stocker in the back room of a parts department in the Chevy dealership in Butte, Montana. Not just knowing his name though, it would be more like he knows everything about this person: His favorite color, his hopes and dreams, his weaknesses, his strengths. In fact, he knows more about him than the stocker knows about himself.
It struck me that God, the creator of the universe and each and everything in it, knows me that well. Not only knows me, but loves and cares about me and has a plan for my life. He takes the time to guide me, give me correction along the way, and who, I know, will be standing there at the end of the race to take me in His arms and tell me, "Well done, son." It's comforting, isn't it?