Maybe it’s being out of your normal environment that you become aware of things that you never would have noticed before. But I realized this Father’s Day there is probably no word more complicated than, Father.
For some people it brings up positive, happy memories. For some people it brings up pain, anger and hurt. And still for others, it brings about much sadness.
As we gathered together for worship on Sunday morning, I was painfully aware that all of those stories were represented in the church body. People who had just lost their father, people with abusive fathers, fathers who have been kept from their children, and people with godly, loving and gracious fathers. All that and so many other experiences more make Father’s Day so complicated.
And to further complicate our understanding – of all the words that God could possibly use to describe Himself, what does He pick? Father. Over and over again we see in Scripture, God revealing Himself as Father.
Jesus says when we pray, to pray to God as Father. (Luke 11:2)
The psalmist says that God is a Father to the fatherless. (Psalm 68:5)
Paul says that there is one God and Father over all. (Ephesians 4:6)
So much of our world is not as it should be. And there is so much of God’s character that we will never fully grasp. I will never understand why God chooses to use broken, flawed and imperfect people, who even on their best day, are jacked up examples of what it looks like to be Christ-like.
But He does.
And this Father’s Day was a reminder of that reality. God can use any means He chooses to point people to Himself – the ultimate Father. The only One who never leaves or forsakes. The only One who never disappoints. The only One whose love is perfect, without end, and unconditional.
There is no other response to the difficulties we face in the world besides running to the cross, and saying: come quickly, Lord Jesus!
“…’Surely, I am coming soon.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!” – Revelation 22:20.