I admit to being a “daddy’s girl” while growing up.
We had an extraordinary relationship and, as Father’s Day approaches, my thoughts are filled with special moments with him. So many remembrances…like this one.
In my neighborhood, each family had homes built on one acre of land… big backyards were the norm. I was 6 years old and, along with two of my neighbor buddies, we decided to do something we shouldn’t…play with fire. Literally play with fire.
Our brilliant idea was to transfer the fire from one leaf burning pit to another in an adjacent yard. Easy to do with the numerous dried palmetto branches lying around. So off we went.
Before I knew it, my leg felt extremely H-O-T. I looked down and my pants were on fire! Wowzer…it was as if the whole world was burning!
The three of us quickly realized that we could get into BIG trouble for this little escapade. We took action by using the nearby garden hose to douse the blaze. That did extinguish the fire, of course, but it did not ease my pain.
I was coping with my predicament quite admirably until I noticed my daddy across the way. I lost it and ran screaming into his loving arms. I knew that I would be much safer, more attended to in his embrace and I was right.
Our Daddy in Heaven
I know that many of you did not enjoy the same experience. I’m heartbroken by that reality. The good news, however, is that, as a child of God, we have endless opportunities to race into His arms whenever the need arises! He longs for us to do so.
I’ve heard it said that the translation for the Aramaic word “Abba” is akin to Daddy! I think that was perpetuated by a Southerner because regardless of our age we still refer to our father as daddy.
Unfortunately, research proves otherwise. While not literally meaning ‘daddy’ most references do suggest that it means to be in a “deep, child-like relationship.”
God is a loving Father who is intimately involved in our lives
This truth really struck home for me this week as I reread the account of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane found in Mark 14:32-36.
Jesus had just finished the last Passover supper with His disciples. He stated how one, Judas, would betray Him and shared how another, Peter, would deny ever knowing Him. Furthermore, Jesus knew what awaited Him on Calvary. Scripture tells us that:
“Jesus took Peter, James, and John along with Him to the garden and He began to be deeply distressed and troubled. ‘My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,’ He said to them.” ~ Mark 14:33-34
What did He do? He didn’t run into His daddy’s arms per se but he did “drop to his knees and prayed Abba, Father.” Mark 14:36
As dreadful as things were, as sad as He was, Jesus cried out to His Abba, Father knowing that He would be safer and more attended to in His arms.
God’s love is immeasurable. He wants to embrace us completely. What will it take for you to run into your Daddy’s arms?
Be a blessing and start running!