Many of you have guessed by now as to where my thoughts and heart suddenly have turned. If I feel this strongly about the affections of my children; what about God? This is His 'Dad's Day," too. This most perfect Father (more and more I think of Him as Papa) who loves me with so much resolve that the shadow of a cross will always remain. That unbelievable pain that He allowed for Himself, just so He could keep on loving me; saving me by grace. I desire the affections of my children. It brings tears to my eyes in knowing that over my 48 years how many times I must have broken my PAPA's heart by not being faithful or loyal to Him; giving things in this world priority over Him. Turning my affections elsewhere.
But you know what? My PAPA knows that I am sorry for those times and my heart became broken for Him, because of those times. I have chosen in my heart to resolve that those times will be no more. Tonight I love how the Lord challenges me through the reading of His word to stand firm for Him and with Him. To have a flint like steadfastness, that as the world vies for my time, that my affections will remain faithful and loyal to my God......my Papa. The passion to spend more time in His presence; in His word and in prayer now burns in my heart and I pray it does yours, too.
As I close, let me share a great mystery that I have learned. Even though I desire to be in the Father's presence for no other reason other than that He is worthy; my Papa is not selfish. The more I seek Him, the more I find Him. The more I desire Him, the more He guides me through difficult days. The more I press into Him, the more he allows me to witness His awesome power and even the miraculous. The more I love Him, the more He blesses and gives me strength and is transforming me more and more into the image of His son, Jesus. Why is He like that? Why does He treat me with such kindness? Because, He is THE ultimate Father. He is a father who desires to give good things and perfect gifts to me and to you; and He always has my back and your back for keeps! After all..........that's what good fathers do!
Rest in His peace and in His love, my friend.