Diane Virginia: The Best Father
I have the best Father. He’s so good, I feel like I’m living a dream.
My Father adopted me into His family when I was only a teen. I needed His love, and He was there for me. Even though I had a lot of character flaws, and even though I was insecure, He took me in—no questions asked, nothing disqualifying me from becoming a part of His family. Now, I live every day to show Him gratitude.
My Father has a wide embrace. Sometimes, when I snuggle into His arms, I feel as if I could stay there for hours. He never turns me away, nor is He too busy to give me a fatherly embrace. I love to sit in His presence–not to get anything from Him, but just to be with Him.
My Father provides all my needs–food, beautiful clothes, and a place to live. Every need I have is met by His hand.
He also gives me something to do, and the calling He’s given me as I travel down this road called life gives me more joy than these lavish provisions. Knowing He believes in me and gives me a purpose for my days is satisfying.
My Father protects me. There are tough times I’ve gone through where bullies could have destroyed me or even cost me my life, but my Daddy intervened precisely when I needed Him. Now, these bullies are afraid of me. My Father has me covered, and they know it. They run when they see me because they know I will call upon my Daddy.
Like any good father, my Father disciplines me. When I have strayed from the good path He has set for me, He straightens me out. My Father has made a list of ten commandments, and I know them well. He doesn’t make these rules to make it tough—He knows I need to stay within these boundaries to be safe. I try my best to follow them, but if I get off track, my Daddy forgives me, and He cares enough to lead me back.
Especially when I’m afraid, I can rest assured my Daddy will sing me a melody. I listen closely and rest in the peace that comes as His presence floods the room. Although He is invisible, I know He is there. Often, I sing to my Daddy, and it makes Him smile—and sometimes He laughs. He cherishes my love for Him, and He doesn’t even mind if I sing off-key.
My Father has many adopted children and one natural Son. It broke His heart when we were lost and going astray, so He had a long talk with His Son, Jesus Christ, asking if He was willing to pay the death penalty for our sins. I cried when I found out how stiff the penalty was. Who but the best daddy would send his only son? Who but the best son would pay sin’s price? Jesus Christ rose from the dead–victorious over death, Hell, and the grave–and He secured a home in Heaven for all who will call upon His name. So now, I call Jesus my Savior, and I’ve made Him my Lord.
Friend, do you want to be a child my Father adopts? You can have a new heart and a new mindset just for the asking. That’s what my Daddy says. Through Jesus Christ, we have full access to my Daddy, for Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6b NKJV). Invite Jesus to live in your heart today and join the family of God.
Do you want to be part of God’s family? Say “Yes” to Jesus.
Heavenly Father, thank You for being the best daddy ever! I’m grateful Your Son paid sin’s price on Calvary’s cross and rose from the dead victorious. Thank You that when I believe, He secures a place in Heaven for me, and I get to call You “Daddy.” Amen.
Copyright 2021: The Best Father: Diane Virginia: All Rights Reserved
Published: June 2021: Inspire a Fire: Senior Editor Martin Wiles, Executive Editor Cindy Sproles