I’ve found a lot of joy by seeking the truth in who God is as my Daddy, and it’s really helped me refocus on what matters. Being purposeful and seeking out who He is, and how He loves me has been far more rewarding than I could have ever imagined.
This week I want to talk about how God WANTS us. He wants to have a relationship with us. He delights in us, and loves to spend time with us. I pray that as you read this blog and seek the truth for yourself, you will have joy in who He is. Maybe you will have a renewed joy, or maybe you’re like me and this is the first time you’ve really dug in, either way, I pray your heart will be full. Maybe this blog will remind you of the earthly daddy that treasures you. If it does, make sure you let him know that you treasure him too. Even daddy’s need that sometimes.
I said in one of my previous posts that my dad wasn’t around much. Growing up he was away for a number of reasons, but when he was around, there are few times I can recall where I felt like he REALLY wanted to be with me. He always had something else he would rather do, somewhere else to be, someone else to spend time with etc. It wasn’t often that he made our time together really count. There WERE times he did, and those times I will probably always remember, but there were also many times I felt like I really just didn’t matter. He wasn’t my dad because he wanted to be, he was my dad because he had to be. I often felt like he didn’t spend time with me because he wanted to, he spent time with me because he had to.
In contrast I see my husband, and how he is as a daddy. He is a very involved daddy. There’s very few times he’s not with our daughters, and you can tell by the way he lights up when he’s around them, he loves being their daddy. When they were born and put into the little basinet in the hospital room, he couldn’t possibly get close enough to them. If there was room for him in that little plastic basinet I have no doubt he would have climbed in there with them. He loves them, and can’t possibly get close enough to them. The feeling is very much mutual. Our younger daughter is constantly climbing all over him. She loves him so much she can’t possibly get close enough to him, and she is completely ok with climbing on top of his head, to try. Today when we went to pick the kids up after work they ran passed me, into their daddy’s arms. He delights in them, and them in him. He’s purposeful with his time with them, he spends time getting to know them and loves being with them. He loves being their daddy and there’s no doubt about it.
Then there’s God. He WANTS to be our Daddy. He will go out of His way so to speak, to find us, and draw us close to Himself. He delights in us, and enjoys when we spend time with Him. He seeks us out. None of us are too far away for His arms to reach, and He wants to have a deep, meaningful relationship with each and every one of us. Sometimes it’s hard for me to grasp that HE WANTS ME! He wants to be my Daddy, and my interactions with Him please Him. There are so many scriptures that talk about how much God loves us, and that He seeks us, and draws us to Himself.
You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. (John 15:16 NKJV)
for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10 NKJV)
No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day. (John 6:44 NKJV)
Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. (I John 3:1-3 NKJV)
One of my favorite parables is of the shepherd going after his lost sheep. He had ninety-nine gathered, and one lost and he went and got that lost one. That lost one was me. He didn’t leave me lost, He wanted me, He loved me, and He brought me back home. He didn’t bring be back home because He had to, He wanted to bring me home, He rejoiced over me.
“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance. (Luke 15:4-7 NKJV)
It is my desire to fall so in love with my Daddy with a capital “D”, that I can’t possibly get close enough to Him, even if I try. I pray that my heart will joyfully seek to spend as much time as possible, as close to Him as possible, just like my kids do with their dad. I pray you will see how much He treasures you as well.
In His Love,