We don’t see it very often; but I was fortunate enough to witness it yesterday.
After waiting a very long time to park the car, board the bus and get into a very crowded theme park, a little fella of about 3 years just couldn’t take it anymore. He was sitting with his mom on the bus, and she was doing everything she could to comfort him. Finally, I heard her ask what he wanted. His answer was precious… “I want Daddy!” Little did I know that “Daddy” was standing right behind me. And sure enough, as soon as we passed the boy into his dad’s waiting arms, he quieted down.
There’s something special about a child crying out for their daddy. There’s something even more beautiful to see a young child in their father’s arms. No wonder Moses would use that imagery to describe the way God treated Israel during their 40 years in the desert.
“…you have seen how the Lord your God carried you, as a man carries his son, all the way that you went until you came to this place.” (Deuteronomy 1:31)
For some of us, being held in a father’s arms is an easy thing to picture. However, for others, that’s a much more difficult suggestion. Unfortunately, far too many children have not experienced the safety and security those arms should represent. For some, the concept of God as a “Heavenly Father” is difficult. If that’s you, I’m genuinely sorry. But, please don’t allow your earthly father’s shortcomings to draw into question the goodness of your Daddy in heaven.
It has always been God’s intention to carry His children until they reach home. If you’re able, thank Him for the times He’s carried you. If it’s a new proposition for you, will you trust Him to carry you beginning today? –Dave
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