By Tommy Walker
I have a Maker
He formed my heart
Before even time began
My life was in his hands
I have a Father
He calls me His own
He’ll never leave me
No matter where I go
He knows my name
He knows my every thought
He sees each tear that falls
And He hears me when I call
Tommy Walker has written many of the songs we love to sing. He is among the great modern song writers. I wanted to share an excerpt from an interview with Tommy about how the song “He Knows My Name” came to be written.
Tommy says that the first time he went to the Philippines he stayed in an orphanage and there was this little boy who came running up to him and he introduced himself as Jerry. About an hour later he ran up to Tommy again and he said, “What’s my name?” Tommy said, “You’re name is Jerry.” He said, “We’re friends, right?” An hour later, he comes up to Tommy again and says, “What’s my name?” “Jerry.” “We’re friends, right?” “That’s right buddy, you got it.” The next morning the boy ran up to Tommy and says, “What’s my name.” Tommy answered, “Jerry, Jerry, and Jerry. You know I know you’re name.” Then Tommy said to him, “We’re friends, right?”
Tommy realized that Jerry, one of the forgotten people, one of the poorest of the poor, was literally abandoned by his parents on the streets as an infant. Tommy wondered if this boy even knew his last/family name. He just wanted somebody to know him, to know his name. And it was so important to him that Tommy knew his name. And then Tommy was able to tell him, “Jerry, it’s great that I know your name, but your Heavenly Father, though you have no earthly father, knows your name and He’ll never forget you.”
Tommy gets to share that story all over the world because there are so many people who feel so alone. Alone in their marriage and their family and their job…in their life! God just lets Tommy remind people that in this moment He knows everyone’s name. God will never forget you, He’s seen every tear and every time you call, He hears you.
Did you know that scientist still hasn’t been able to figure out the number of possible combinations of DNA molecules? The best they’ve been able to do is provide an estimate: 2.4 billion to the power of 10!
That’s an incredible number when you consider that the possible combinations of all particles in the universe amount to only 76 to the power of 10! As you can see, that is vastly less than the possible combinations DNA, which form your identity.
So scientifically speaking, you are unique! There’s no chance of ever finding another person exactly like you on the planet.
And you can also be sure that there never has been – and never will be – two identical human beings in the entire universe. So why waste time and energy trying to fit into a mould? To be like someone else? You are unique, and thus radically different, no matter what you think and no matter what you do.
I heard someone once say that most people are sick. They’ve got a “normosis” – a type of neurosis. They try to be “normal”. Are you trying to be normal, dear friend?
It is also said that the best cabinet makers always work in the same direction as the grain of the wood, never against it. You should do the same. When you have to do something that doesn’t fit with your personality, that goes against your ‘grain’ (against your inner beliefs), you always feel it and should simply say “no”. Stay unique and always refuse to do anything that may destroy your beautiful sense of unity.
There is One, the source, that which has no beginning and no end, which created all things, which governs all things, which is good and just, and which illuminates and supports our
Friends I want you to realise that you are fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14 says; “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well”. (NIV Bible)
Do you ever look in the mirror and wished you were different? Maybe you are too short, or too tall, or too thin, or too heavy. The list never seems to end. Even the super model seems to be preoccupied with the one slight imperfection that nobody else even notices. It seems that most of us, in varying degrees, are not happy with the way we were made.
For some of us, it might physical dissatisfaction, while for others it might be that we’re not be smart enough, or outgoing enough, or etc. etc. etc. Our society has believed a lie that says we have to look and act a certain way in order to be accepted. Even those who make up the standards of acceptance feel unaccepted deep down in their hearts. No matter how hard we try to change our outward appearance in order to gain love and acceptance, I am afraid that it will always elude us.
True love and acceptance does not come from changing ourselves to become more loveable, for according to Psalm 139, we all already loved just the way we are. In verse 14, the psalmist cries out “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” When God created us, He made us exactly the way He planned. When He designed us, before we were even in our mother’s womb, He planned our size, the color of our eyes, the color of our skin, everything about us!
Just as He proclaimed His creation good in Genesis 1, He proclaims that we were made perfect in His site. When we believe the Hollywood lies that we are not good enough, we are in fact, disagreeing with how God made us. Your Father in heaven does not make junk! You are fearfully and wonderfully made and God’s work in your life is wonderful! You do not need to conform to somebody else’s image of success, but only ask God for ears to hear His delight in your creation.
The next time you look in the mirror, don’t be afraid of what you see, for you were made in the image of God, and He declares that you are fearfully and wonderfully made!