Written by Margaret Penner Toews
He calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.” John 10:3
To be called by a wrong name always brings a disturbing aura with it.
A Mr. & Mrs. Schmidt, due to become first-time parents in several months, moved from one large city to another some distance away. They were strangers there, and commented on it that their phone would seldom ring; their friends would all need to call them long distance.
No sooner were they moving into their house when the phone rang. “Hello, Mrs. Glover?” asked a strange voice.
“I am not Mrs. Glover,” said Mrs. Schmidt, and went back to her unpacking.
Time and again the phone rang with the same ‘Mrs. Glover’ being targeted, a lady who had evidently been elderly and very genial. Looking in the directory, the Schmidts became aware that there were numerous Glovers in the area. It became a family joke as the Schmidts daily tallied the calls. Their phone rang more often than it ever had before. However, the incidents did lessen toward the time when their baby was due.
One early morning the baby came — a big boy with a healthy squall. Mrs. Schmidt was exhausted. She and her husband exulted over him for a little while, and then she dropped off into a well-earned sleep. Hours later she awakened, longing to hold her little boy. She rang for someone to please bring her the baby.
The nurse appeared in the door, the baby in her arms. “Here’s your girl, Mrs. Glover,” she said brightly.
“I am NOT Mrs. Glover!” Mrs. Schmidt fairly shouted, “and I DON’T have a girl!”
When Jesus calls us there is never a case of ‘mistaken identity.’ He knows who we are and everything peculiar to us personally. To Him we are all unique and He calls us in ways suited to our particular needs. He is a Friend who knows us, and our characteristics through and through.
Have you ever found yourself in a crowd holding a hand, thinking it was your husband’s…only to discover — much to your chagrin — that it belonged to some other man? When we walk with Jesus, with our hand in His, we are promised again and again that we shall “not be ashamed.”
When the Lord speaks MY NAME, it is tailored for me, and for my need of the moment…even if there are million Margarets in the world!
He does the same for you. Listen for Him today.
First published in Canaquest Friendship Newsletter for Women. Printed with permission from Margaret’s husband, Milton Toews.
Margaret’s devotional books, Through the Scent of Water, Threads From His Hem and The Winds of God, are all available in the USA from
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