When you think of our Heavenly Father, what image pops into your head?
Is He loving? Kind? Slow to anger? Abounding in love?
Or is He harsh and mean? An angry guy in the clouds that is ready to smite us at any moment when we do something wrong?
When I was in my early 20’s, a dear older friend was praying over me and she said that she felt that I perceived Father God as a mean Father in heaven with a stick in His hand, demanding too much of me. When she said that, I felt rather exposed, because the truth of her words really opened my eyes to how I actually felt and wasn’t willing to admit.
I began to realize that this lie that I believed actually guided a lot of my life’s emotions and decisions.
Over the years, I have gained a huge measure of healing in many of areas in my life, and my perception of God has thankfully changed a lot. I have begun to see His true character more and more.
The other day, Facebook reminded me of a picture I posted awhile back.
When I look at this photo, my heart melts. I love this picture for so many reasons, but when I re-posted it, the Lord put this verse into my mind and heart…
Which of you, if his son asks for bread will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! Matthew 7:9-11
In this photo, I see pure adoration in my daughter’s eyes.
If a child is looking at his/her parent like this, what parent in their right mind will not want to give them the whole world?
My husband wants to give our children anything and everything that is good and wonderful and healthy for them, especially when they are looking at him like this!
But as wonderful as he is, my husband is just a human father…
How much more does our loving, amazing, rich, faithful, wise, all-powerful, merciful, just, and patient Heavenly Father want to give us good gifts?
I feel so challenged by this picture to take a moment, or several moments, of each day to just sit next to our Father and spend some time adoring him.