I've spent most of the morning thinking about how blessed I am to have such a wonderful earthy father. I never realized when I was growing up how important it was to have a steady, present, loving father, and how much that it would shape my idea of who God is. I have friends who have shared their struggles with accepting God's love for them, and it seems that in most cases it's because they do not have a good example of a father figure in their life, and it leaves them feeling doubt and confusion about just how steady, constant, and unchanging God's love is for them. Growing up, even if I was in the wrong, in trouble, or disappointing my dad (there were many times when I did these things,) I NEVER doubted his love for me. NEVER. I realize that God's love is impossible for us to fully comprehend, but I do know that like my earthy father, God does not love us based on feelings. I have done things that have broken my earthly father's heart. I'm sure he felt angry, disappointed, and sad, but he loved me through it all. I am SECURE in his love for me.
And now I realize that this has truly carried over into my relationship with God. I KNOW that He sees the ugly parts of me, I KNOW that He is disappointed when I do things that are wrong, but in spite of all of my shortcomings, HE LOVES ME.. so much that he gave up His son .. for ME! He loves me when I feel happy and full, He loves me when I feel empty and alone. He loves me when I am worshiping Him, He loves me when I ignore Him. I am SECURE in his love for me.
I see that love in my husband, and sometimes I don't think he even realizes what a precious gift he is giving to our girls. By loving them unconditionally and making sure that they know he does, he is shaping their image of God. What a blessing that my dad gave me by loving like Jesus did. Thank you, Dad. I love you too.
But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God's unfailing love forever and ever. Ps. 52:8