Reclining In God’s Love
John 14:3 But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.
My fatherâ€™s favorite recliner is the one thing I look forward toÂ after a long day. Â Laying in the my fatherâ€™s imprint from years of use,Â comforted me tonight, I snuggle in, escaping in to marvelous memories of my Dad.Â
There was one time in particular that continues to resonate deep within, bringing both tears of sadness and joy to my eyes. Â My husband and I were headed out for the evening, it was our â€œdate nightâ€. Â I went over to my Dad and asked him if looked pretty. He laughed, reached out his hand for mine, Â â€œoh honeyâ€, he said, â€œyou are beautifulâ€ the warmth of his hand and the love in his eyes made my heart swell with so much love that I knew without a doubt that my Dad loved me.
My mind began to wonder what it might feel like to not know that kind of fatherly love. Â If I had not benefited from the love of a father would I be able to love Adonai the way that I do? Â I imagined it might feel like loneliness, sadness and a void that Â continuously echoes in the chambers of my soul. Â My thoughts do not linger long because thankfulness stirs up inside of me. Â The type of thankfulness that words cannot truly express.
IÂ am so thankful that Adonai gave me an earthly father that loved me. Â It is because of the love that my Dad demonstrated throughout my life that I can glance upon my heavenly Father know that He must really love me. Â Â When I thinkÂ aboutÂ theÂ significantÂ eachÂ playÂ in my life, two images come to my mind. Â The first is of Adonai and the love He demonstrated to His childrenÂ through the sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ the Messiah and the Exodus for His people so many years ago, and my Dad, sitting in his favorite chair,Â smiling eyes of love upon me.
1 John 4:9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.