Psalms 105:4 (AMP) Seek and deeply long for the Lord and His strength (His power, His might); Seek and deeply long for His face and His presence continually.
One of the things I tell people to do is to look for daddy moments from their Heavenly Father. I especially like to do this because my earthly father chose not to be in my life. Yesterday I was talking to our youth about loving those who disappoint us. The ones that will hurt us the most are going to be the ones we expect more from, which can lead to disappointment. We choose to love them anyway.
I was around five when my parents divorced. I remember because my dad pulled me out of kindergarten class to tell me he was not going to see me again. I did see him again, I was ten, then again when I was thirteen. I sent him an invitation for my high school graduation and had my parents save him a seat, he did not show. I sent him an invitation to my wedding, he was not there.
After I had my first child I took a road trip with my husband and we popped in on my dad’s parents so they could meet their great grandson. They fell in love with him, and cried when we left. After we departed they made a phone call and told him to go see his kids. It had been eleven years since he had seen us, my sisters and I. He showed up on my door step within a month of our trip. My husband took him aside, without my knowing, and told him if he hurt me again he would not be welcome.
My dad made monthly trips for nearly a year. He got to celebrate my son’s birthday with us, and holidays we had never spent with him since my parent’s divorce. My youngest sister got married that year and he helped walk her down the aisle with our step father. This was something that I had always wanted, and celebrated with her that she got to experience that.
Then after some time he stopped coming. He wanted us to come see him. He lived six hours away ans still does I guess. I just was not comfortable. I did not want to travel with my young son and stay in his home. I told him he could not expect that of me just because he visited us for a year out of twenty four years of my life. That was the end of that. It has been nearly sixteen years and seven more grand children (one more for me and six between my sisters).
When I was sick as a child I would cry out for my daddy. I know it broke my mother’s heart because he was not going to be able to come to comfort me. Which is why I love my Abba Father. Since I came to know Jesus as my Lord and Savior, that part of my longing was also fulfilled. I have little daddy moments that he truly does care about the little things that I care about too.
When I was sick as a child I would cry out for my daddy.
Psalms 37:4 (TPT) Make God the utmost delight and pleasure of your life, and he will provide for you what you desire the most.
It marvels me to see how much He cares for me. My kids did not grow up without a grandfather. They have two awesome sets of grandparents. My husbands parents and my parents. My step father is their grandpa. They call him grandpa. He has all the benefits that a grandpa should have. He loves my boys and his other grandchildren (even though he did not have any natural children) as if they were his flesh and blood. He has always been patient with us. I was twelve when my mother remarried (How grown do you think I was, it would just been three short years later that I meet my husband on a blind date).
This is why I say look for the daddy moments. I like what this verse says, Matthew 6:30-33 (MSG) If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers – most of which are never seen – don’t you think he’ll attend to you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your eveyday human concerns will be met.
This was straight out of the mouth of His Son, Jesus. He said not worry about missing out. Since saying “yes” to Jesus I have become one of favorite girls. Maybe I had always been, just had not opened my eyes to that yet.
What do these daddy moments look like? They could be a hot pretzel ready when that usually takes twenty minutes because you have to special order them. It could be that you forgot something and He make a way for it to get to you without it being an inconvenience. It can also be that when you are going through something He shows you in His Word that He has already taken care of it. Look for a daddy moment today!