“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us,
that we should be called children of God!
And that is what we are!”
–1 John 3:1a
As an adult, I understand that what I truly crave is the fatherly relationship that God provides. Gene Veith explains in the book Family Vocation that, “God has been father since before the foundations of the world were laid…God is the literal father. Earthly fathers have certain remote similarities to him. The essence of fatherhood is found in God, not in human beings.” I wanted a connection with a father, and I didn’t understand where best to seek that connection. I’ve always heard the term father applied to God, but because my understanding of “father” came from my earthly father, I’ve always seen God as someone distant and easily angered.
“The good news is that regardless of how well or how poorly our earthly fathers reflect Him, God’s Fatherhood is eternal, and our ability to understand it is not limited to the pictures of fatherhood we have in our dads, the men who gave us physical life. Christ’s atoning blood opens the way not only to be reconciled to God our Creator, but embraced lovingly, eternally, as God our Father.” - from Candace Watters article “How can I better relate to God as my Father?”
This is the beginning of the journey for me, a journey to find my Father and discover what it means to be His daughter. I’m not sure where this will take me, but I look forward to sharing with you all what I learn along the way.