In Genesis 33, Jacob spends the night wrestling with a man, whom we later learn is God Himself. As dawn is breaking, Jacob says, "I will not let you go until you bless me."
Jacob was preparing to meet his brother, and face the biggest failures, the most glaring moral lapses in his life. Fear, shame, and doubt plagued his mind. Have you been there? I have. I've wrestled through my own long nights, emotionally and spiritually.
When Jacob asked for blessing God responded, "What is your name?" At first glance, this looks like a dumb question, or a senseless one at the very least. Here's what He's saying, though. 'Before I bless you, own who you are. Own your past and your failures. Don't be shamed by them, but claim them.'
And Jacob does. "I am Jacob. The Usurper."
You can almost see God smile, as He redeems that.
"Not the Usurper. In My eyes, you are Israel, the Overcomer. You have met every challenge you have faced. You have survived. You have overcome."
There's the blessing. Seeing ourselves the way God sees us.