By Brooke Kireta
This brings up some sticky questions, though, like “Where was God when this happened or that happened?” If He sees everything, how could He let so much bad happen? This question goes to the core of our being, and it hits us right in the place where we question God’s heart towards us. Is He really good? Can I really trust Him?
We struggle with this especially if we did not have a good model of fatherly love in our earthly father. We want so much for things to be different with our own children, and we try hard to break the patterns we experienced. But can I tell you something you may not have thought about? As much as you want your own children to experience something better, something different - God wants even more for you to experience the reality of His perfect Father’s love for you- the safety, the encouragement, the affirmation, the recognition, the warmth, and acceptance.
He is not just looking down and hoping you do a better job than your parents did - He longs to parent you - even now. He wants to speak to the broken-hearted little girl that never got asked to prom, the young girl that hid in her room feeling scared and lonely while her parents fought , the ravaged heart of the girl who suffered abuse at the hands of another. Whatever the hurts have been - it’s not too late for Him to heal them. He is your biggest fan.
He is the Father that shows up at every event of your life - even the ones that seem completely insignificant - and He is so proud. He sees how you have tried to overcome the hurts in your life. Even in your places of sin and failure - He is not standing in judgment, but He is beckoning you to come to Him in His love and in His mercy so He can make your heart whole. He wants you to receive the affirmation and recognition only He can give- the kind that speaks to the deepest places of your heart, the kind of Words that transform your life.
He is just that kind of Father.
Father God, come and be my Father. Help me to lay down all my efforts to fix my own broken heart and show me how to turn to you like a little child and receive all the love and comfort and healing You have for me. Help me to connect with You as Abba Father, Daddy God. I want to know how to be the beloved daughter, the favored daughter, the chosen daughter.
For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by Him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.