When God speaks
Before knowing our baby’s gender, my husband prophesied strangely during church one day. He claims he prayed about our child’s destiny, and God spoke to him at that moment. God told him that we were having a boy and his name would be Jonah. When Brad told me, I laughed since he’s not one to prophesy, and I know the story of Jonah and the Whale well. In 15 years, my husband hasn’t shared a moment when he felt God spoke to him profoundly. But the fact that God spoke to him vs. myself makes me believe it to be true. Brad (my husband) wasn’t a fan of the name Jonah, and neither was I.
I held my breath at our gender reveal the minute our girls bit into the cake pops. It’s a BOY! My husband celebrated with popping bottles of champagne (eye roll) as I stood there in disbelief for a moment. Mind you, this was a very different reaction from how he celebrated Paityn’s (my daughter) gender reveal. It’s okay though; he has longed for a boy since the start of our marriage. Of course, I was excited and happy for him but a little nervous at the thought of raising a son. I’m a girl mom, I have two girls. This experience will be very different from what I’m used to. It took a couple days for the high of the excitement and nerves to settle. But once they did, it was time to discuss names.
When God is being Obvious…
We began to discuss names, and Brad brought up the name Jonah again. I had no interest and continued to dismiss the name. Okay, I’m going to compare the name to car shopping. When car shopping and deciding on a car type, don’t you start seeing it everywhere? So now that the name had come up a few times, it’s as if it suddenly appeared everywhere! In the show Ozark, the son’s name Jonah, hearing it at daycare, among many other instances.
What really caught my attention is when I was leaving church one day after a meeting. It was a pausing moment where I had to stop and take it in, and then take a photo to send to Brad. The TV screen in the lobby displayed the name Jonah notifying the viewers that the next series that our church was going to discuss was on the Jonah chapter in the Bible. For the next 5 weeks after, our church sermon’s were all on the chapter of Jonah and the story of his life. This is when I threw my hands up in the air and said “fine, Lord. This will be his name.”
Now, names don’t have to match the theme of a child’s bedroom. But I wanted it for him as a reminder of what God did for Jonah at sea and what God can do for him. Even in Jonah’s weakest moment of turning away from God’s presence, God was gracious and merciful and saved Jonah by providing a whale to keep him from drowning at sea. If you don’t know Jonah’s story, I’d urge you to read more about it. You can read the story here directly: Jonah NIV
The interesting calling on my son’s life is already apparent just by how his name was revealed to us. As we go through this new parenting journey of raising a boy into a man, I just can’t help but wonder what God will do next and why he insisted that we give our son the name, Jonah.