Scripture for Today: Romans 8:15 “The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.'”
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.
Today’s verse describes God as our Father. 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.
I did not fear the homecoming of my Father as our relationship was a positive one. I understand that not everyone can say that and I know I am blessed. But there is no fear in approaching my loving Heavenly Father. Because I am His child, I can approach Him boldly and often. What a privilege! But so often I am too proud, too independent or too busy to come and crawl up into His lap.
Lord, thank you for being my perfect Father.
(Look familiar? This is a re-post from 2013 in honor of Father’s Day.)