“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are”. 1 John 3:1
I was young when my parents divorced. My dad moved out, and my mother raised me and my three siblings. Things started out “normal”. My siblings and I would see my dad often, but after a while, we saw less and less of him. Even though I was in fifth grade when he left, I didn’t have many memories of my dad being a father.
When I started learning about a personal relationship with God, relating Him to being a “Father” was hard for me. In today’s culture, family relationships can sometimes fail to reflect God’s heart. I had so many questions…Would God leave? Was I good enough? Did He feel that I was worth being loved? Could God love me?
Thankfully, I did not have to deal with the feelings of rejection or absence of a father for too long. My mother remarried while I was in eighth grade to a man named Gary. He treated my siblings and I like we were his very own. He guided me spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. Despite my flaws, stubbornness, and bad decisions- he showed me Gods love and grace. He taught me about God’s love for me- and that He would never stop loving me despite my mistakes and mishaps.
As I learned to trust Gary has my earthly father, I learned to also trust my Heavenly Father.
Trusting God completely is one of the most rejuvenating feeling. Trusting God is simply believing that He loves you, that He is good, that He has the power to help you, that He wants to help you, and that He will help you. Jesus tells us in John 15:5 that apart from Him, we can do nothing. Through trusting Him, my spirit has grown stronger. When our spirits grow in strength- we can hear God speaking to our hearts, and make decisions based on His leading. God wants us to put Him first in our lives. He wants us to put our confidence and all of our trust in Him.
Proverbs 3:5,6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean no on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths”. I have learned that life is simple and peaceful when we come to Him as His children.”
Learn to trust in Him. He will never leave you. He will never forsake you. He wants to stretch His hand of grace out to you. He wants you to lean on Him. And He wants to love on you and bless you.
*On a side note….Today is my dad, Gary’s, birthday!!! Even though I live hundreds of miles away now, I will always consider myself his ‘little girl’. Hours and miles of travel hasn’t changed the fact that he continues to pour spiritual wisdom, guidance, love, and truth into my life. I am extremely blessed to have him as my earthly father. Happy Birthday Dad. I love you and miss you*