Elon Musk and his girlfriend, the singer Grimes, recently named their first child X Æ A-12. (I had to look up the way to type Æ.)
The mother explained: X is “the unknown variable”; Æ is “my elven spelling of Ai (love &/or Artificial intelligence); A-12 is “precursor to SR-17 (our favorite aircraft). No weapons, no defenses, just speed. Great in battle, but non-violent.” She added, “A=Archangel, my favorite song.”
Attorneys are speculating whether the parents will be legally required to choose a different name for the birth certificate.
On the subject of famous people, the film star Gary Cooper was born on this day in 1901. He grew up on the ranch owned by his wealthy father, a Montana Supreme Court judge. He was educated largely in England through high school but dropped out of college and headed to Hollywood.
Cooper got his start as an extra in a Western film. He went on to win Academy Awards for his work in Sergeant York and High Noon. He made more than one hundred films in the course of his career.
Your name is undoubtedly not as complex as the one chosen by Elon Musk and Grimes. It may not be as famous as Gary Cooper’s. It may never be memorialized on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame or inscribed on an Academy Award.
But your name is known to the God of the universe.
He knew the names of Abram and Sarai and changed them to Abraham and Sarah (Genesis 17:5, 15). He called Moses by name at the burning bush (Exodus 3:4). Jesus changed Simon’s name to Peter (Luke 6:14) and called Zacchaeus by name (Luke 19:5).
Our Lord said of himself, “The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out” (John 10:3).
God knows every detail of your life and can testify, “even the hairs of your head are all numbered” (Luke 12:7). He knew you before he formed you in the womb (Jeremiah 1:5). He knows the next words you will speak before you do (Psalm 139:4).
How is God’s intimate knowledge of you relevant to your life today? Consider this promise for these pandemic days: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine” (Isaiah 43:1).
As a result, our Lord assures us, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior” (vv. 2–3).
What rivers are you passing through today?