An encounter with God can change everything. From a biblical point of view, an encounter with God can be a name changer moment.
Just ask Jacob. He was alone, waiting to head into an uncertain future, one which he had created through his own scheming, deceit and manipulation. He had lived up to his name.
Now, in the dark, alone, frustrated, anxious, lost, at the end of this own options and probably a little bit fearful too, God shows up.
In a moment, with God, everything changes. As it was for Jacob, so it can be for us. God can show up, in that moment.
A moment of acknowledgement. To stop living independently, working life out own my own, with my best laid plans and have a willingness to give depending on God a chance.
A moment of recognition. To see the power of God is at work in your life and His heart is to want to bless you.
A moment of acceptance. Of the person we think we are, the name we or others may have spoken over us and accepting who God thinks you are. Just as Jacob had to answer ‘What’s your name?’ so do we. Once we accept this, the transformation can happen.
A moment of exchange. Simply this, an old name for a new one.
A moment of wrestling. A stretch in our thinking, why we are here, what life is all about, how we should live and who we should live it for.
Rescued. Restored. Redeemed. Transformed. Delivered. Made whole.
The opportunity for a name-changer moment is always available, ever since Jesus did a complete work for us at the cross. Through that one moment, our moment can come.
From captive to free. From lost to found. From old to new. From guilty to forgiven. From unloved to loved. From weak to strong. From broken to whole. Right there in the moment of change is our story, the beginning of a journey of transformation, into the person who Jesus knows we can become.
How does that make you feel?