As much as I could remember, the last time that I told my father that line was 13 years ago. Through a letter. And it was not voluntary because that letter was written as a requirement in our arts subject when I was in 2nd grade. During Valentines day.
Me and my father doesn’t have that intimate relationship. Unlike other dad-child relationships, we hardly talk much about our feelings and share our thoughts. While we talk about his life and other events, and everyone in the family’s events too, during meal times, those things just brought information, not really emotions and feelings. You get our kind of relationship?
That’s why I consider that line in the title a very intimate one, that I couldn’t make myself utter again after that letter.
And sometimes, envy creeps in when I see some of my friends being so friendly with their dads and being able to speak so casually and lightly. It’s like they’re just talking to somebody their age, their best friend.
How I wish I could have a father whom I could talk to about my personal life too, on a daily basis. About my failed exam and how the feeling of being a failure is so draining. About how loud my dorm-mates were during my college days that kept me from a good sleep. About how embarrassed I was when we did a play in one of my subjects. Or even about a really petty thing (or not), like that boy who told me he likes me.
Our earthly fathers might have failed us at some point. We maybe expected too much from them or maybe we thought they expected so much from us that we start detaching ourselves from them. And some never even experienced a father image in their whole life. But the sure thing is, there’s a certain time in our life when an ideal father is just what we’re looking for.
And this verse gave me hope. That there’s still a chance. There’s still a way to experience life with an ideal father.
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.
How simple yet overwhelming it is, that it would only take me one faith, that is to receive and believe in His name, for me to have a perfect father. Someone who I could call Dad.
The God that we worship, honor, and give reverence to can also be our loving intimate Father. His sovereignty doesn’t require us to keep a distance as we serve Him. His superiority doesn’t keep us from coming to Him for help. His title doesn’t forbid us to call Him “Abba, Father”.
Our God is really reassuring. In our bad times, He will not dismiss us. In our sinful hours, He will not disown us. In our failures, He will not disinherit us.
And unlike the kind of relationship that I had with my earthly father, God expresses His love in a perfect way. He never fails to provide and give our hearts’ desires. He reprimands us in the kindest way and doesn’t hold our sins against us. He is constant and consistent.
As our personal father, He willingly encourage us each day as we get up, give us a hug during the tough times, and would very much likely to listen to our stories at the end of the day and never gets tired of it.
He wanted to have an intimate relationship with us where we can talk to Him everything that we want to express and release from our hearts. And we can even talk to Him about our earthly father!
I hope this gets to encourage you today. You are never alone, you are not an orphan, and Someone above cares so much for you. You are a child of the perfect Father.
YOU. ARE. A. CHILD. OF. THE. PERFECT. FATHER. (just letting you sink that in 😉 )
I hope that as much as we view God as our Master, we could also view Him as our Father. That we could let Him take that role, in whom we can comfortably say,
“I love you, Dad.”