When most people say, “I really didn’t know my father,” what they really mean is “I had a terrible relationship,” or “My dad hardly talked to me” In my case it meant that he was like someone I had met once in a dream. Until I was 15 years old he was only able to visit twice and I only vaguely remembered the second visit when he brought me a football.
But the lack of relationship I had with my father was not his desire, it had come about because of a broken relationship. In the same way the greatest barrier we all have in our relationship with God is to realize that it is not His desire. God does not wish our separation nor is he satisfied with the week-end visitation rights that my own father finally received. God wants full custody and offers an amazing inheritance in our covenant relationship with Him. More to come in the next post. Stay tuned!
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name John 1:12
In my distress I called upon the Lord, And cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, And my cry entered His ears. 2 Samuel 22:7
One of our adopted grandchildren reminded me of this scripture. When he first came to our son’s home he was diagnosed with autism and spoke not a word. He would point to things or make noises but would not speak.
Then as our daughter-in-law and our son lovingly included him in all the daily joys and struggles of life with four other brothers and sisters he began to gently unfold like the petals of a flower. He came to know and trust that his voice could be heard and valued, As weeks and months passed he began to speak, first a few words, then sentences. He began to run and play and laugh. The diagnoses of autism was reassessed to a slight learning disability. He had come to gradually experience being a member of a family.
In the same way as our grandson, King David tells us about his learning experience with the Lord. Throughout the struggles of his life he cried out for help and joyfully he discovered a God who hears and answers prayers. Every time God answers it is like the daily miracle of the sunrise. Our mind tells us that the sun will come up, but our heart is still amazed every time it happens. God hears and answers prayer not because we are perfect but because we are His. He has adopted us into His family and will listen to our cry!