"Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you;
As my earthly father's earth day approaches, the 23rd of April, I have been reflecting on the days we shared looking forward to celebrating our earth days together; me, my sister, and my Dad's days of birth were all in the same week. My sister Shantell's birthday would be first in line and we would exchange phone calls and gifts until we reached my day. It was such a joyous time as my father look forward to proclaiming to the world that his girl’s birthdays were before and after his. As I reflected on these memories, the longing to hear his voice on the other end of the phone engulfed my heart. I am and will forever be a Daddy's Girl. I knew without a doubt that my earthly Father loved me, and he enjoyed blessing me with his love in many ways. It was either through providing, protecting, counseling, or instructing. He loved me at my best and at my worst. I can honestly say that I was not always great at showing my love to him. Sometimes, the stuff of life affected my judgment, but I know that when he transitioned he knew that my heart loved him deeply. And when he passed on my heart longed for that love that he showed me. It still does. But, I am so glad that I realized after my earthly father graduated to glory that I have that love and even greater love in God the Father. As I have moved from the place of heartbreak and grief into a place healing and understanding I see that my earthly father's love prepared me for my Heavenly Father's love. You see just as my earthly father’s love never gave up on me my Heavenly Father’s love never gave up on me and continues to not give up on me. My Heavenly Father’s love never failed, and it will never fail. But I had to learn to accept, develop and nurture the relationship that my Heavenly Father's heart yearns to have with me.
Do you know that God the Father yearns for you?
Not only does He yearns for you, He yearns to be gracious to you! He is constantly finding ways to shower you with compassionate love—a love like that does not exist anywhere but in the character of God. You may have lost your greatest love as I did, or you may be struggling with a wayward child who makes loving seem impossible. Or maybe you are in a loveless relationship or you may never have had much love shown to you. Today, rest in Isaiah 30:18 and know that your Father in heaven longs to be gracious to you… and He yearns to love you right now in the right way. I ask you to allow him to, it will be the best decision that you have ever made.
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