The Power of Names (My testimony)
Names are very powerful it can effect the course of your life and your destiny… Jabez's name meant "Pain", it was given to him by his mother because she bore him in pain, thus as a result of it, his life was bitter throughout, that's why we have the famous prayer of Jabez we read in 1 Chronicles 4:10 - Jabez cried out to God of Israel, "Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain" And God granted his request.
I too have a name given by my parents and grandparents, I never knew it's meaning or it's impact it would have on my life until today… This is my testimony…
My name is Yee Wei Ling Michelle or in Chinese it is written as 茹瑋鈴 or 茹玮玲 in simplified Chinese… I wanted to find out what is the meaning behind my name…. So I went on a search and according to the Chinese dictionary's definition, 瑋 means rare/precious/magnificent and 鈴 means little bell... So the meaning of my Chinese name 瑋鈴 or 玮铃 (given by my late paternal grandma) in simplified Chinese, could be literally translated as a rare, precious and magnificent little bell!!!
And according to Goggle, the purpose of a bell is to make sounds... Mmm, what's that supposed to mean/symbolise of me??? Haha Does that mean I'm a rare, precious and magnificent little sound making gal??? So with the combination of the definition of my English name, given by my mother - Michelle (gift from God or in some other version it means "Who is like the Lord?")... What does that make me??
I was pondering about it for a long time, so in the end I decided to ask of my pastors who gave me a prophetic revelation which was a confirmation to my calling… According to him, I was called to be a worshipper and have the worship leader anointing. God sees me as a music making precious little bell…
When I thought about it, I realised it was true of my calling and my desire I had as a child… I've always loved music when I was young, and I was always making a lot of noise singing… Later I began to develop a love for the piano and I've discovered the gift of song writing…. Growing up, I always wanted to be in the church choir and subsequently in a church worship band, along the way I met some one who has greatly influenced me and caused a stirring in my heart to be a worship leader… One I had a vision of being a worship leader singing my own song… I have kept this my heart for a very long time…
I saw this vision and dream being broken and dashed a few times over and I was beginning to feel very discouraged. I even told God, "If this vision isn't from You, please take it away from me!" but it seem like this desire never did fade over the years… Years passed, I finally got the opportunity to serve in the worship band of a small church, I also had the opportunity to sing as a backup singer… Suddenly, all these desires of mine came to pass… I did receive a couple of confirmation along the way too and when I begin to look at everything now, I suddenly saw the connection and see how all these make sense… My name really did have a direct impact on my destiny…
I guess God must have set me apart for His service since young, because I always felt different from the rest… It was like I have been chosen by God since I first responded to Him when I was a tender age of 10… According to my mom, she said that since young I never "belonged" to their religion…. (my grandparents and parents are pre-believers)… They still are, my grandparents have since passed on but my parents are still doing well in their early 60s. Since a young and new believer, I have been opposed and persecuted of my life from the beginning of my journey.. Well, I think the devil must really hate me to the core as if I'm like a thread to his kingdom, he has been trying to kill, steal and destroy my destiny and my walk with God from day one and he is still at it. God however has been very faithful, He has preserved me and strengthened me all these while, even though there were times I did fall.
Now that I realise the weight, that my name carries, I'm kindda grateful that I was given that name… It seemed like a prophecy and everything is coming to pass before my very eyes.. I believe, however all these were predestined by God, not by coincidence… This is my life story and it's just the beginning of something exciting!
God bless you
Serving with you in His kingdom with love;
Princess Michelle -
Beloved Daughter of the Most High King