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Like blazing wild fire singing your name

February 22nd, 2019 . by maria

Multiplied by NeedtoBreathe is one of the songs we sing at Ponce Church, and it’s in my set list this week. There’s a line in the song:

His love will surely come find us
Like blazing wild fire singing your name

Multiplied by NeedToBreathe

As I practiced this, I thought, what does that mean? I know God’s love will come find us. I know the verses about leaving the 99 sheep to find the one, so I understand “surely come find us”. But “like blazing wild fire singing your name”? What does that mean? What does that look like?

“Blazing wild fire” would be something you cannot ignore, right? It is bright, and loud, and hot. It might be scary. It burns a path, unwavering, taking down obstacles. Woah! That sounds like God. OK. But, living here in Florida, we also know that wildfires bring new growth. Without them, all the underbrush and vines begin to choke out the solid trees, and they cannot bear fruit. That sounds like God, too – wanting us to let go of things that are choking our lives and keeping us from bearing fruit.

What about “Singing your name”? First of all, this says He knows your name. And your name is more than a word we call you. In her book A Wind in the Door , Madeleine L’Engle calls the enemy of peace “the Ecthroi”, and says:

“I think your mythology would call them fallen angels. War and hate are their business, and one of their chief weapons is un-Naming – making people not know who they are. If someone knows who he is, really knows, then he doesn’t need to hate. That’s why we still need Namers, because there are places throughout the universe like your planet Earth. When everyone is really and truly Named, then the Echthroi will be vanquished.”

So your name, your true name, is more than a word. It’s your identity and your calling and your purpose and your value, all wrapped up in one. When you were named, there were all sorts of hopes for your future and beliefs about what you would do in the world wrapped up in giving you that name.
Chances are your parents thought your name sounded pretty, or strong. You might have a family name, or a name from your family’s country of origin, or a name from the Bible. Maybe you were named after someone, and your parents hoped you would be like that person, or wanted to keep part of that person in the world. It’s more than a collection of letters, isn’t it?

When someone is calling your name, they want you or need you. And not just a generic person, but the specific you – with whatever it is you mean to them. Probably someone willing to help with what they need, maybe someone with a specific skill they need.

But singing your name is even more special. (And I think we can agree we’re not talking about creepy chanting like a horror movie villain. Nor are we talking about when someone recalls that your name is part of a song they know, and they sing the song.) Singing your name would be an act of love, like a mother singing to their child, or a someone in love singing the name of their beloved.

So if we put that all together, “like blazing wild fire singing your name” is an amazing picture. This is our powerful God, unable to be ignored, bringing renewal, and banishing darkness, by lovingly calling out to exactly who you are and are meant to be. Wow, what a powerful image.

2 Responses to “Like blazing wild fire singing your name”

  1. comment number 1 by: Nina Tidwell

    Wow! That is wonderful! The blazing wild fire that is pruning me so that I will bare more fruit! The fruit of Love and Care for others! The fruit of not speaking negatively about otherwise – but saying something good about them (I’m presently in a pruning stage!)
    And the singing your name part – that’s beautiful and something to meditate on.
    Great word! Thank you for sharing! Now I’ll be even more stoked as we sing it!! Woot!

  2. comment number 2 by: maria

    Thanks, Nina! I’m glad it spoke to you.

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