June 26, 2017

Read Galatians 4

A moment from my childhood haunted me for years. I was about five and Dad needed a light bulb changed on the back of our house. To avoid dragging out a ladder, he tried to life me up to change it. As soon as I hit air space, I doubled over and wrapped myself around his head ~ the only thing within my reach. I remember my deep sorrow when I heard him say in frustration, “Do you think I’m going to let you fall?” I knew he would never drop me but my fear was crippling.

Not too long before he died at 92, I asked if he remembered that day. He laughed and nodded. “I could see how frightened you were when I had to pull you off my head like a monkey off a coconut,” and we had a good laugh. So many years between the moment and the memory ~ but I felt a child’s comfort in not only the shared experience but also knowing that Dad understood.

Father and child. It is a bond like no other. I was blessed with a dad whose love for the Lord was a godly conduit that still helps me experience the loving relationship of Father God’s pursuit of us.  In His separation from us in our sin, Father God has ~ from the beginning ~ wanted to be Father… Abba … Daddy to us.

Galatians 4:6,7 Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if [since] a son, then an heir through God.

And the moral to this story is ~ When He lifts us up to do His work, we are always safe in the Father’s hands.