The artist, Norman Rockwell, has certainly captured the joy of homecoming between daughter and father in this image. Our children may be brunettes rather than blonds. And Randy did not wear the suit and hat. But the feeling tones remind me of when our children were small and there was joyful reunion when Daddy walked through that door!
I remember when my own Father would come through the door after a long business trip. My Mother would be relieved as things settled back to normal. The homecoming often included little gifts from his travels. I did not fear his coming as our relationship was a positive one. I understand that not everyone can say that and I know I am blessed.
Our verse for today describes God as our Father. This concept of God can be marred by negative memories and disappointments from our own earthly fathers. But He chooses that image of Father to communicate love, care and belonging.
Jesus addressed God as His personal Father in prayer and invites us to do the same. God, being named our Father, makes Him approachable and endearing. This relationship is intended to be intimate and tender. He is our perfect and loving Daddy. It is by grace that we are adopted as His very own. He wanted us and He chose us. There is no fear in approaching my loving Father. But so often I am too proud, too independent or too busy to come and crawl up into His lap.
Lord, help me to remember, Daddy’s here!
Look familiar? This is a re-post from 2013 in honor of Father’s Day.