As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah. I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her.
This is the epic moment when God dropped a bomb on my head during Genesis intensive, when he showed me the true meaning of my own name.
Can you hear the bewilderment in my voice??!? (You may have to turn up the volume, mumbling was a terrible bad habit in my old life…) I had always thought (assumed???) that my name meant ‘princess’. But based on that study on Genesis 17, imagine my surprise to find out I didn’t even know my own name. Or now, I’d like to think of it as: God was giving me a new name– from princess to mother of many nations… Back at that time, I don’t think I completely understood the magnitude of the spiritual significance of my “new” name; nonetheless, I was shocked due to the fact that I didn’t know the meaning of my own name.
But now I better understand the significance of such name God gave me through seeing the fulfillment of his salvation work in my life these past years, from changing my nature from spoiled to shepherd-like nature…
While growing up, I really didn’t like my name because of its popularity. Now I am utterly grateful that God was SO wise to not have inspired my parents to name me Roxy (there was a time in my life I really wanted that to be my name… Don’t ask why…). I am grateful for God’s grace to have given me such practical reminder of his great vision upon my life. I pray to not forget such immense grace he bestowed upon me by ‘changing’ my name.