Gentle. Protective. Present. Compassionate. Loving. Patient. Involved. Encouraging. Consistent. Supportive.
Those are some great descriptive words, right? Words that conjure up feelings of love and security.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could all say that our Dads, or the men who raised us, were each of those things? Or if we could all say that the father of our children are all of those things?
Some of us hear those descriptors and long for a supportive Dad. Some of us feel thankful we have known a man with these qualities. For some of us, Father’s Day may be a happy and celebratory time or, it may be one you cringe at a little bit. Or maybe, like me, you are saddened that your Dad is no longer here and the heartache of grief gets stirred up again.
Whatever your case might be, I want you to hear something today…
You have a Father who loves you. And your kids. And you know what kind of Father He is? A PERFECT one. A Dad who doesn’t lack anything and abounds in goodness towards you. A Father who loves you just like you are, and is so pleased with you. A Daddy who will never, ever, stop loving you no matter what you may do. He is just that good.
It’s hard for most women, even those with incredible earthly fathers or husbands, to fully comprehend what such a good father must be like, because we haven’t experienced it in the physical earthly form. It’s hard to accept that a Dad can be completely unconditional in his love and His kindness when we haven’t been taught or shown that.
"The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry 'Abba, Father.'" -Romans 8:15
My prayer so often is that people would be able to put away their skewed view of the father they have known through life, and instead start to see the true and genuine qualities of their Heavenly Father. That they would cling to and celebrate that.
Because our Heavenly Father…He is a fantastic Dad. The kind of Dad who loves to bless and encourage. The kind of Dad who gives without us even asking. The kind of Dad who offers discipline and direction when it is needed. The kind of Dad who loves well. He provides NO MATTER WHAT. He loves us NO MATTER WHAT.
So, whatever your “dad-story” is, whether it involves painful wounds or beautiful happiness …remember this Father’s Day that you have a good, good Father. A really, really good Daddy.
He wants you to rest in that, to be His daughter today. Let Him love on you as His sweet girl, because you are.