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June 16, 2013
When I think about my dad, I get a huge smile on my face.
I know that sounds weird, but he seriously gets me.
Growing up, I remember a few specific things that my father always did for me:
1.) He always made me breakfast and told me Jesus loved me before I left for school. There is something about that being the last thing you hear that makes it easier to walk into a test that morning.
2.) He stood behind home plate the WHOLE time every single softball game that I pitched. It gave me this underlying confidence that my father was always right there.
3.) Whenever I had a bad day, he just KNEW. I could try and put on a smile and pull a happy front but he never bought it. He would just come hug me (cue breakdown).
4.) He always told the dumbest jokes. Like, straight up corny. And naturally (I laugh at everything), I laughed at every single one of them. Because he was telling them, they were so hysterical to me.
5.) If we were in a large group of people and I got my feelings hurt, I would always find his eyes as he would just nod his head and mouth “It’s okay”. Where I would retreat from the group and he would come find me and talk it out.
He did so much more but these are just a few things that stick out in my mind.
I think they stick out because he just always understood me and loved me exactly where I was (even in my 6th grade awkward phase- let me just tell you- I was single for a reason.)
But really, sometimes I start thinking about this, and I wonder if I did that for him? Or if someone did? Because he was so selfless and cared about my heart, he always made that a priority.
And then, I start thinking about my Heavenly father, the one who made my earthly dad my dad, and I can barely contain myself.
His LOVE for me is out of this world, literally and figuratively.
When I think I understand the scope of it, I am reminded that it is far beyond my wildest dreams or imagination.
My tiny, human mind can’t comprehend a love like my daddy’s.
It just can’t.
To think that my earthly father’s love is just a small, small sample of what God’s love is like….crazy.
I know I have talked about God’s love before, or like every week, but really- can you ever talk about it enough?
It’s like I am in constant revelation of how great it really is.
Almost like you see parts of the ocean and your mind starts to think it understands it’s vastness…and then you go to another country and you see another ocean and another ocean and you’re like…woah.
And on a day like Father’s Day, it is sometimes hard for those who have lost their fathers, grew up without a father or have a father that does not set a loving example in their lives.
But I am firmly convinced that God’s love is pure and wide and big and PERFECT enough to cover our every need for love in this area.
He is a father to the fatherless.
He is the only father who won’t fail you.
He is the father of truth. And wisdom. And everything good.
You have someone to spend time with on Father’s Day, no matter who you are!
Why? Because you are a child of the best daddy in the universe.
(He made the universe, p.s.)
So, soak in His love today and be thankful for all the love He has poured out on us so that we may in turn love one another.
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! You are absolutely irreplaceable and we are insanely GRATEFUL for all the sacrifice you continually make.
And dad, if you’re reading this- I love you so much.
“I will be a Father to you and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” -2 Corinthians 6:18
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us that we should be called children of God!” -1 John 3:1
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