For most of my life, I grew up in a perfect bubble.
Divorce? That’s what other people’s parents did…not mine.
Weird relationships with your dad? Sure…my dad was weird, but I always thought we were close in a way fathers and daughters were.
Stepmoms? Couldn’t relate, other than seeing them in movies.
Arguing parents? Not our house. We had so much fun with family nights and dinners and talking for hours on end.
And then one day, he walked away. Literally. Packed up a suitcase and decided he didn’t want “this” anymore.
I don’t know what heartbreaks have completely shattered your heart and caused you put life on hold just to put all of the pieces back together again. But I do know, with confidence, there is a purpose behind every pain we face.
The thing that destroyed my vision of the future helped me to see through different eyes filled with faith and hope.
The thing that made me question every relationship, helped me to appreciate people in a new way and learn the value of giving people your presence.
The thing that caused grief beyond compare, helped me to feel empathy and compassion to walk into other’s pain.
Most importantly, it led me to where I was supposed to go. Because despite things not working out how they are supposed to (deaths of loved ones, relationships being torn apart, careers taking a different path, and long seasons in the waiting room), God’s plan always illuminates the path to where we should be.
You see, in the midst of me putting all of my trust in people, things, and comforts, I was neglecting a Faithful Father that had been there all along. And unfortunately, He was getting a lot of the blame from me. “How could you do this to me? Why am I being punished? Why does my life continue to be out of alignment with the thing I so deeply want?” We’ve all been there.
And then, I was reminded Who He is and I stopped. The Word gives us invaluable information that not only trust in, but base our lives on.
There are 66 books of the bible filled with knowledge, power, and guidance for us to live a divinely orchestrated life in relationship with a Father who will never leave. And that, my friends, is what good daddy’s do: fill our life with affirmations and truth, guide us back to where we are supposed to be going, help us to fight every battle with power and defenses, and the desire for relationship with us.
In one of my bible studies with Priscilla Shirer, I wrote this down and write it everywhere to remind me of the value and treasure I have within the Word of God and found in each and every book. I hope this helps you to find treasures in each book, no matter how difficult it is to relate to.
- In Genesis, He is the Breath of Life
- In Leviticus, He is the High Priest
- In Exodus, He is the Passover Lamb
- In Numbers, He is the Fire by Night
- In Deuteronomy, He is Israel’s Guide
- In Joshua, He is Salvation’s Choice
- In Judges, He is Israel’s Guard
- In Ruth, He is the Kinsman-Redeemer
- In 1 & 2 Samuel, He is Sovereign
- In Ezra, He is the True & Faithful Scribe
- In Nehemiah, He is the Rebuilder of Walls
- In Esther, He is Courage
- In Job, He is the Timeless Redeemer
- In Psalms, He is the Morning Song
- In Proverbs, He is Wisdom
- In Ecclesiastes, He is the Time & Season
- In Song of Solomon, He is the Lover’s Dream
- In Isaiah, He is the Prince of Peace
- In Jeremiah, He is the Weeping Prophet
- In Lamentations, He is the Cry for Israel
- In Ezekiel, He is the Call from Sin
- In Daniel, He is the Stranger in the Fire
- In Hosea, He is Forever Faithful
- In Joel, He is the Spirit’s Power
- In Amos, He is the Strong Arms to Carry You
- In Obadiah, He is the Lord, Our Savior
- In Jonah, He is the Great Missionary
- In Micah, He is the Promise of Peace
- In Nahum, He is our Strength & Shield
- In Habakkuk & Zephaniah. He is our Revival
- In Haggai & Zechariah, He is the Restorer of the Lost
- In Malachi, He is the Son of Righteousness
- In the Gospels, He is The Messiah
- In Acts, He is Reigning Fire from Heaven
- In Romans, He is the Grace of God
- In the Corinthians, He is the Power of Love
- In Galatians, He is Freedom from Sin
- In Ephesians, He is Glorious Treasure
- In Philippians, He is the Servant’s Heart
- In Colossians, He is God & the Trinity
- In Thessalonians, He is our Calling King
- In Timothy, Titus, & Philemon, He is the Mediator & Faithful Pastor
- In Hebrews, He is our Everlasting Courage
- In James, He is our Healer
- In Peter, He is the Faithful Shepherd
- In John & Jude, He is the Lover Coming for His Bride
- In Revelation, He is the First & Last, our Savior Forever
Wow, talk about a Dad with a resume’. Despite the challenges we face and gaps and imperfections we often find in our relationships with friends, spouses, parents, siblings, or even within ourselves, we can rest in the fact that we have a faithful, timeless, grace-giving, lost-seeking, love-saturated Father ready to lavishly pour every ounce of His gifts on us. And He supplies every need and supplies far more than anything ever taken away from you.
So, while I don’t have a dad, I do have a Father…and sister, so do You.