I hesitate sometimes to write about things that are highly personal, deeply held. But, after meditating upon God's Word and praying through my thoughts, I am going to share. Because anything that causes an increase in one's understanding of who God the Father is, is a good thing to share. So, here goes.
I have an amazing earthly father. This side of heaven, they don't come much more devoted and stable. Still, as a young girl, I didn't always understand him...he was elusive, complicated, so big in my mind that he seemed inaccessible. Sometimes when I think of the women out there who have had such difficult and horrible relationships with their unstable, abusive fathers, I feel guilty for having the audacity to need to understand my relationship with my Dad. But, over the years, I have come to recognize that my relationship with my Dad was paramount to my understanding of my Heavenly Father. I looked at Dad and thought, "God is like that."
What a heavy weight we parents bear. What a terrifying weight.
This morning in my Bible study time, I read this:
"One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard:
that you, O God, are strong,
and that you, O Lord, are loving."
All of this time spent trying to wrap my mind around my earthly father and my Heavenly Father, and this simple concept is all I really needed.
Is he loving? Yes.
Is he strong? Yes.
Is HE loving? Perfectly.
Is HE strong? All-powerful.
It is best to approach Daddies, earthy or Heavenly, with the mind and heart of a child. Don't pick it apart. Don't try to understand them perfectly.
Just rest in the strength and love that is God...that is Father.