An amazing thing happens when you become a parent… Your ears become tuned to the voice of your children. I can be caught up in woodworking or mowing or writing this blog, and when my boys holler, “Dadddddyyyy,” I come running. Or we might be standing around talking after church when I hear one of them call me by that term of endearment. I can pick their voice out of all the other kids running around. And if one of them is ever hurt or scared and hollers for me, you’ve never seen me so quick or determined to get to them.
Now, I’m not bragging on myself today. I’m simply sharing what any parent worth their salt knows in their heart, that call of their child stirs something in them that motivates them to act.
What’s funny is that I have no problem understanding that when it comes to my kids needing their Daddy, but sometimes I forget that God… my Heavenly Daddy… is an even better Daddy than me. All I need to do is holler for Him… call out that term of endearment… and I suddenly have His fullest of attention.
I love that Jesus called out, “Daddy,” from the garden of Gethsemane when He was facing the darkest time of His life and His greatest challenge laid ahead of Him in the next 24 hours. He’s my hero… my life example… and if He cried, “Daddy,” then I can, too.
I love that Paul writes in Romans 8:15 that because God has adopted us and made us His children, we now call Him, “Daddy.” And he writes in Galatians 4:6 that because we are His children, God prompts us to call out “Daddy” to Him.
You may think God’s busy doing something else today… that He is not paying attention to you… that He doesn’t know where you’re at or what’s going on in your life. You may feel like He can’t or won’t stop what He’s doing just for you. But I promise that if you will call out to Him today with a heartfelt, “Daddddyyy,” He WILL come running to you, ready to help you, ready to scoop you up in His arms and give you the strength you need to face whatever it is you need to face.
Trust this Daddy today… He’s listening… He loves you… He cares what is going on… and He’s ready to fix what’s wrong. Just try Him out.