Father’s Day. It is always a bittersweet time for me. Growing up I looked up to my father and wanted to be just like him. Then, as a teenager my father left our family and after that my relationship with him was very chaotic. When Father’s Day comes and so many speak of their great fathers, I find myself wanting to feel the same. My emotions run the gamut from fond memories to times I never want to remember. I shared these feelings in a post some time ago. Thank you Dad!
So, another year, another Father’s Day. In a recent conversation with my pastor, he mentioned a verse in Psalms that he was going to use in his message. That brought back memories again – but they were memories of my heavenly Father and how He has been such a comfort to me through all these years. The verse is from Psalm 27 and it says
When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up.
I am so thankful that early on I found God to be not only the Creator, the awesome God, but also a loving father. How He comforted me when I cried myself to sleep at night missing my Dad, then actually scared of my Dad, then with great pity for my Dad.
I am thankful that my heavenly Father has been one I can count on. Over the years when trouble came my way, He has been there. His Word has strengthened me and given me hope.
So today for all who have fathers you can count on, make sure you let them know how much you appreciate them. For those whose great fathers are no longer with you, cling to those memories you have. And for those who fathers were not there for them, I invite you to reach out to the Father you can always count on. God loves you!