The beginning of the school year is an exciting yet stressful time. This year I have about 75 new names and faces to learn in my high school language arts classes. I make it my goal on the first few days to call each student by name as often as possible. As they sit in their desks, I go down the rows naming each one. On day two of class, I successfully named each of my 17 students in one class. I was excited and showed it to my students with an enthusiastic fist clench and “Yes!” (Think championship victory.) Then I thought about our Lord, not only does He know us by our names, but He knows everything about us: our thoughts, stresses, emotions, desire to serve Him, and sinful hearts. Here I am rejoicing and feeling pride because I was able to recall the names of 17 people while God “determines the number of stars, and calls them each by name” (Psalm 147:4). Suddenly my accomplishment doesn’t seem so big, and neither does the stress of a new school year. I serve a God who can name the stars. The God who created those stars created me, and, more than that, He loves me and has a plan for me.