When I see a flock of sheep I see exactly that—a flock. A rabble of wool, all alike. But not so with the shepherd. To him every sheep is different. Every face is special Every sheep has a name. And that includes you. The shepherd knows you. He knows your name, and he will never forget it.
He says in Isaiah 49:16, “I have written your name on my hand.” Your name is on God’s hand, your name is on God’s lips. Perhaps you’ve never seen your name honored or heard it spoken with kindness. If so, it may be more difficult for you to believe that God knows your name. But he does! Written on his hand. Spoken by his mouth. Your name! You just keep listening. Be sure to hear when God whispers your name.