“When No One Knows Your Name”
Everyone, at some point in life, has been ignored or gone by unnoticed. How does it feel when people don’t notice you? Has it ever happened to you? You have been around forever, yet your colleagues, classmates, fellow church members, don’t know who you are? How about your boss, your teacher, and your pastor? Have you ever felt unknown, totally anonymous in the midst of a sea of humanity? Do you ever feel that no one knows your name?
There is a beautiful story, found in the Bible, that relates to this:
“Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him. And He said to them, “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?”
Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, “Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?”
There were two disciples walking to Emmaus, one was known, his name was Cleopas. However, the Bible does not mention the name of the other disciple; up to this day we do not know with certainty his name. Perhaps, we can call him the Unknown Disciple. I don’t know how he would have felt had he been around long enough to read the Bible story and realize that the writer either did not know his name or thought he was not important enough to mention it. One thing I know for sure, even though this disciple was unknown, Jesus joined him and walked with him on the way to Emmaus. Yes, Jesus walked with Cleopas, the known disciple, but Jesus also walked with the Unknown Disciple.
Regardless of who you are and how many people know your name, I can assure you there is One who knows you, He knows your name, He cares for you, He has counted the hairs on your head, and He walks with you despite your anonymity. Any time you feel totally alone in the crowd you can count on the company of Jesus, talk to Him, sing to Him, and just have the assurance that He is right next to you. This will make you feel better. Though no one knows your name, He walks with you.
Prayer: Jesus, it is so good to know that even in the loneliest times, when everyone seems to forget about me, You walk with me, You know my name, and You are willing to bless me. Walk with me today, please just stay with me all along. Thank you. AMEN.