Daddy's Special Girl
Writer Author Sandra Perry
- Fiction No
Given the dysfunctional relationship I had with my biological father, I get great joy from watching my husband and our daughter sharing popcorn and watching football on a Sunday afternoon.
On one particular Sunday, my husband was teasing Ashlyn, asking her why she deserved to share Daddy’s popcorn. Without hesitation she answered, “’Cause I’m Daddy’s Special Girl.”
The confidence and faith in that simple statement nearly brought me to tears. Her response made me think about my relationship with my Heavenly Father. Am I totally convinced that I’m Daddy’s Special Girl? If so, why do I often live like an orphan?
Sometimes we forget that while God is holy and righteous, he’s also a loving father who longs to show us the depth, length and width of his love for us. Romans 8:15-16 tells us, “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the spirit of adoption. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’ The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.”
Abba is the Aramaic word for “daddy.” It’s the word Jesus used in his private conversations with the Father. The name “Daddy” is indicative of a personal and loving relationship that transcends genealogy and biology. The same holds true in the spiritual realm. When we receive Christ as our savior, we are adopted into his family, and we are invited into a relationship with God so intimate that we too are allowed to call him “Abba.” Like any parent, God desires to have a deep and abiding relationship with us. He wants to hear about our day. He wants us to know we can always go to him in times of trouble. He disciplines us, not because he likes it, but to protect us from behaviors that can be harmful to us. Even when we are in the far country spiritually, his heart waits and longs for our return.
In Hebrews 4:16 Paul encourages us to, “...approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” In short, God’s willing to share his popcorn with us.
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