When I first knew I was pregnant with my first child I went out and bought a book with baby names and meanings. I like the name Jenna and in the baby book it meant “small bird” and I found in other places her name meant “fair’ or “blessed.”
In the bible, names had valuable meaning to them like the name Mannasseh which means “to forget”
Joseph named his firstborn Manasseh and said, “It is because God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s household.” Genesis 41:51
I know what it is to have hardship and wanting to leave it all behind. Those days where you think if I just yell the name Mannasseh will I forget. Is there really a way this diagnoses of Muscular Dystrophy will just go away that somehow I will forget. I cannot forget that past season when I was diagnosed, and me wanting to yell the name Mannasseh was not going to change that season in my life, nor change me having to live with it everyday.
So what is the symbolic meaning in the name Mannasseh “to forget”. I think its symbolic meaning is a lot like running a race, you don’t look at what is behind, but you press ahead. To a believer you press ahead to the higher calling in Christ Jesus. Joesph pressed forward, and in that forward motion with the Lord closing one door and opening another, the hardship in the past season made way for the future “to forget.”
I’m not able to remove the hardship from the past when dealing with Muscular Dystrophy, but I have come far in my race to understand you can press forward and ‘forget” the dark pains from the past.
My name means lame not a pretty meaning for a name, but the form of Muscular Dystrophy I was diagnosed with effects my feet…. go figure!
Keep running your race!