Drawn by a glow in his eyes, she climbs into his lap, leans into his breast, and rests in his embrace as he speaks tender words to her heart. She giggles as his whiskers tickle her ear. He takes her into their own make believe world through stories of frogs and bunnies and happy … sleepy … children. All too soon her eyelids droop and he gently places her between princess sheets and snuggles the blankets tight. Oh that her arms weren’t so limp, she would hug his neck close all through the night. But no need, she sleeps sweet in a deep-seated trust that he will always protect, always provide, always love. She’s Daddy’s little girl.
“Now that right there is a fairy tale!” you might be thinking. “What daddy spares the time for such a bedtime routine? What father relates to his daughter in such tender ways? Only a few – a very, very few.”
That is true.
There is one Father who loves us the way the deepest recesses of our hearts long for. You know, that longing you shoved years ago into the farthest corner of your heart and drew a dark heavy curtain over, thinking that kind of love never exits? There is a Father who loves us like that.
Maybe you’re not into stories of frogs and bunnies. Maybe you are looking for a father to dance with, share a cup of coffee with, or run a marathon with. He is there. I promise.
He is there!
Have you ever heard the idea that there’s no better teacher than experience? That is true – except sometimes experience convinces us of untruths. We need to examine those lessons in light of Scripture.
The Bible is all about the Father those secret places of our hearts long for.
To begin with it teaches that we are created in God’s image (Genesis 1:27). So if you wish you had a dad to play with, to sing with, or whose shoulders you could ride on, then there’s a good chance Father God longs to do those things with you as well – in one way or another.
Looking for a human to meet a need only Father can meet is idolatry and will always leave you dissatisfied.
But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
(1 Corinthians 2:9, NKJV)
Through Jesus, we are privileged with a glimpse of what Father looks like. Jesus said,
If you’ve seen Me, you’ve seen the Father.
If you want to know what Father is like, study Jesus. For example:
He laid down His life for us.
He spoke to the heart, not mere behavior.
He gave sight to the blind.
He made the lame walk.
He was not offended by the disgust of the lepers.
He fed the hungry.
He defeated sin and death.
He’s still alive.
He reigns victorious.
He’s coming again.
And, He loved giving special attention to children.
So, if the little girl in you is longing for special time with her Daddy, I promise He is waiting to give you that time. You see, that sweet desire is a gift from Him.
He woos you and encourages you to draw back that curtain and shine the light on that hunger you’ve kept hidden so long. Cry out for Daddy and He will come running to scoop you up, hold you close, and whisper assurance into your ear.
Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.
(Jeremiah 33:3, NKJV)