Words Behind The Name...
Have you ever wondered about someone's name and the meaning of it?
Names are so powerful; I often wonder if people truly know how meaningful and important names are; or how drastically they can change one's self.
A pet peeve of mine that I've developed over the years is researching the names of my acquaintances. I bet you didn't know I went around stalking people's names, did ye? ;) You learn something new every day!
You would be truly shocked how accurate the different name descriptions fit the personality of it's owner. So, without even talking with a person but merely digging into the meaning of their name you are able to learn so much about them. It's fascinating!
While pondering over this topic awhile back, and the meaning behind my own name; it dawned on me what a huge influence my name has on me and how it affects me; even in the smallest areas.
"Origin of the name Aspen:
Taken from the name of the aspen tree, which is derived from the Old English æspe. The name is indicative of any of the kinds of poplar trees that have leaves which flutter in the slightest breeze."
So believe it or not; guess what one of my favorite things is? Trees! And I have a partiality to aspen trees; obviously.
For as long as I can remember, what I dreamed of doing was just running wild and free in the forest; living among God's glorious, perfect creation; the earth that He created for us to enjoy and live with in harmony and in peace.
You can imagine my agony; considering the location I live in...
Now, don't get me wrong I love where I live and am truly blessed to be here in the grand ole' state of Texas.
However, I'd be lying if I said I didn't have a deep yearning to live where trees populated the ground. I'm sorry, but thorny mesquite bushes don't quite cut it for me, y'all.
I'll aggravate my mother with my talk of moving somewhere with trees; but I remind her that it's her fault; after all she is the one who decided to name me after a tree...I'm just sayin'! ;)
That's about as deep as I'll go; but I just find it so intriguing how a name effects one's inner self.
Which leads me to a paralleling topic: what do we, as Christians call ourselves? After a name; yes? And whose name? Christ's. Is it not amazing the transformation that takes place when you take on the name of God's Son? I just find it a beautiful, just beautiful thing y'all. How words are so incredibly powerful, how God used them to first form this earth, and how he uses words to communicate with us through the pages of His Word.
I just get a chill bump down my spine when I think of it!
So, what about you? Do you stalk people's names and muse over their deeper meanings? Please tell me I'm not the only one....
Love and Rich Blessings -