|Noah, moments after birth|
|Sweet joy and relief!|
Unbeknownst to me, Mark didn’t want to be influenced by my list, but rather he just wanted to hear from the Lord what the name should be. When looking over names that had to do with peace or rest, Mark felt his name was to be Noah.. Looking up names that had to do with ‘grace’ – with the idea of resting in the Lord’s grace – Mark felt that the middle name should be John. We’ve always tried to avoid common names, however, since our last name is very common. Mark felt sure that I wouldn’t be happy about going with ‘John.’
Sunday, Mark mentioned that he knew what the name would be, but he wasn’t sure I’d be pleased with the middle name because it is common. I immediately heard from the Lord, ‘John.’ This name had never been one we considered in the past, but I did remember reading the meaning of it before and thinking how great the meaning was.
Monday night after Mark returned home from the church men’s meeting, he mentioned a friend joking that the baby should be named “Steven Mark” (because the friend’s name is Steve : ) I joked with Mark and said, “or Mark John.” Now I knew the name "Mark" was not a consideration in Mark’s mind, but I was feeling playful and wanted to see his reaction regarding the middle name. He was really taken aback and asked how I knew. He kept laughing and couldn’t get over how cool it was that the Lord spoke the same name to me. So he shared then that the first name would be Noah, which I was thrilled with – and I was of course thrilled with “John” as well. Though it's common, how could I not be pleased with a name the Lord led Mark to, which is the name of a disciple Jesus dearly loved, as well as his cousin John the Baptist who lived and died so passionately for him.
It occurred to us at the end of our conversation that the name that Zechariah wrote on his writing tablet was “John!” How neat that our little joking comments regarding Zechariah actually tied in to this middle name that the Lord gave us for our sweet new baby. So, we pray that our Noah John will rest in the Lord – rest in His grace.