Friday, January 05, 2007

So, I guess I don't really mind it now. In fact... I like it!

The meaning of my name, that is.

Earlier this week the kids and I were looking up our names at and I was disappointed when I saw mine. For some reason, I'd never known it. I wanted something like, "Woman of Grace," "Feminine Flower," or "Unsurpassed Beauty." Maybe even, "Chosen of God." You know, something Deep and Meaningful.

I got: "The Moon Personified."

Well, hmph. Kyle got "Handsome" and Bethany got "Life- a town near Jerusalem" (which I've always thought was so cool about her name- Jesus loved to hang out there.)

I'm the moon. In a book I was reading this week, the author joked that sunning is fashionable, but you get in trouble for mooning! And when thinking of the moon in that way, the fact that it's big and white with craters doesn't make it all that appealing a description. (I'm reminded of a note that one of my 3rd graders wrote me one year that said, "Mrs. K___, You are so buttful." After all I've eaten in the past month, I've been feeling particularly "buttful," as of late!)

So, I sort of "hmphed" about being the "moon personified," but oh well.

God, Who knows what's in every corner of my mind, and Who has been encouraging me in every way, especially in the past few months, let me come across two things this week:

1. In Max Lucado's book, It's Not about Me: Live Like You Mean It , that I'm reading with the kids this week, he says:

"We exist to make a big deal out of Him. It's not about you. It's not about me. It's all about Him.

The moon models our role.

What does the moon do? She generates no light. Contrary to the lyrics of the song, this harvest moon cannot shine on. Apart from the sun, the moon is nothing more than a pitch-black, pockmarked rock. But properly positioned, the moon beams. Let her do what she was made to do, and a clod of dirt becomes a source of inspiration and romance. The moon reflects the greater light."

2. We got in the car yesterday and heard the song "Shine" by Salvador. The chorus goes like this:

Lord let me shine, shine like the moon
A reflection of you in all that I do
Lord let me be a light for your truth
Light of the world, I wanna be used to shine for you.

So there! I don't mind being "The Moon Personified" ... I'm a Son reflector!


Amberly said...

I appreciate the words of encouragement you left on my blog and I want to tell you that I've only been reading yours for a couple of weeks I think, but I have thoroughly enjoy both One Day More and Mater Magistra. You have very thoughtful posts and this one is no exception. Keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

"A Son reflector" I love that! I can't recall what book I recently read this in but it's called "What's right with this picture?" other words, whenever you encounter something that you think appears "wrong"...turn it around and say "what is right with this?"..that's exactly what you did with your name meaning...and now you see what God knew was there all along ;)

Linda said...

Cyndi - your post is such an encouragement to me - today in particular. Isn't God amazing that He loves us enough to take the time to show us how special our name is? I just love it. I needed to be reminded that He truly does care about every detail of our lives. Thank you so much.
I love the poem as well. Your blog has become a place of blessing for me.
Have a great weekend.

janiswrites said...

I loved your post today! Your name's meaning is awesome-"a son reflector." What more could you want to be than a reflector of Jesus Christ to others. Blessings!

Jessie's parents said...

And what a great reflector you are! And what an original name meaning. Got to love that. After all, you are one of a kind. I love that Salvador song and often pray those exact lyrics.

Chris said...

This was so beautiful!

eph2810 said...

Cyndi - this is incredible how you have reflected on the meaning of your name and came up with the "Son Reflector" - too cool.
Thank you for this delightful post - you lifted my spirit :) - He is our strength and our shield, even if we are getting overwhelmed sometimes.

eph2810 said...

Oh - btw - my real name means: "Rainbow"...

Kim said...

I love this!

Ann Kroeker said...

I think I ended up with something like "grace" or "gracious" or "full of grace." Sorry.

But what I really wanted to tell you is that there's a lovely Sara Groves song called "You Are the Sun" about this very thing...that I am the moon and will only shine if I turn my faceo you. Something like that.

It could be your theme song!