Today for the first time since the COVID-19 shutdowns, my son made a new friend at the park. I watched him just be a kid, and my heart broke for the season we’ve been in. The parks only recently opened, and we haven’t had very many playdates. The little boys introduced themselves by talking about their parents. “MY mom is over there! Her name is Lindsi!” And then the other little boy said, “My dad’s name is DADDY!” This moment hit my heart like a refreshing and heavy wind. I felt the love and reassurance of the Father fill my heart. Are we confident in who our Daddy is?
Family Is Our Safe Place
I found it so adorable, yet so amazing that these kids introduced themselves by talking about their parents; their safe place. Their identity comes from their family. I know that this season has been a difficult time for families. Our schedules shifted drastically, and it’s been difficult emotionally. At that moment in the park, I felt the Father saying, “Parents need Me to father them. Will you let Me comfort you? Do you see Me protecting you?” I want to stand on the truth that my Father is with me and for me.
Jesus Showed Us Who The Father Is
When Jesus taught the disciples to pray, He began with, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name…” (Matthew 6:9). Jesus came to show us Who the Father is. Every beautiful thing that Jesus did came from the heart of the Father, and every truth Jesus spoke came from His Dad. “For the Father loves the Son and shows Him all that He Himself is doing…” (John 5:20a). As parents, I want to encourage us to be like children, and to allow our Heavenly Dad in. He is strong. He has the answers to our problems. I want to be like that little boy who confidently said, “My dad’s name is DADDY!”
We Show Our Kids Who The Father Is
If I know who my Father is, I will be able to point my kids in the right direction. God equips us! All we have to do is surrender with childlike faith! “Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do His will…” (Hebrews 13:20-21a). He is a good Father! We can boast about how strong He is, knowing that HE is for us. He knows our names, He counts every hair on our heads. He is our provider and KING! Let His name be your foundation!