She Calls Me Daddy – One Dad to Another – Romans 8:15

She Calls Me Daddy - One Dad to Another - Romans 8:15

She Calls Me Daddy – One Dad to Another – Romans 8:15

Kids – They Grow on You

She calls me daddy, and I call her Breanna, B, Bre, Breaner, Phoebes, and a slew of other nicknames she has acquired over the years, but I remember seeing her for the first time in the hospital and thinking, “Shouldn’t I be crying tears of joy right now?” I was staring at a discolored, lumpy, glossy eyed, cone headed baby that my wife had just traumatically given birth to only seconds earlier.

I knew I loved her, but I didn’t have the slightest clue who she even was yet.  It’s been 12 years since that August day in 2000, and I can say with authority that she has definitely grown on me since our first meeting.

There are moments now when I think of her that I am filled with such powerful emotions that I can’t adequately put them into words. The 12 ounce muscle pumping blood through my body suddenly feels as though it weighs more than all the world and that I’m about to be swallowed up in its bottomless depths of ever-expanding love.

Me and God

…you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” – Romans 8:15bThere are lots of places in the Bible where God communicates to us that the relationship He wants for us to experience with Him is that of a father and child.

Romans 8:15 tells us that we are even to know him as ‘Abba! Father!” The word ‘Abba’ essentially means, ‘dad’.  It’s the kind of word that a child would use when talking to their parent.  It even comes close to the modern word ‘daddy’ or ‘papa’ in its intimacy between a child and their parent.

 

He watched us take our first steps. He listened and smiled when we spoke our first words. Simply put, God adores us. – Romans 8:15bWhen I said that I can’t even begin to verbalize the depths of my love for my children, I’m not exaggerating. Every day, that seemingly borderless love somehow expands and becomes even greater.

When my daughters cry, it breaks my heart. When they laugh, it fills me with joy. Their lives occupy very real and significantly substantial space inside of my heart. So much so that much of my life is experienced through their lives.

In this verse, God is telling us that He feels the same way about you and me. We make His heart swell. He watched us take our first steps. He listened and smiled when we spoke our first words. Simply put, God adores us.

Our Father in Heaven…

Next time you pray, take a moment to realize that you’re His kid, and He is your dad. Sure, He is still the creator of everything, and yes, He is holy, but as a believer, He is first and foremost ‘Dad’.

About the Author

Jeremy BinnsWhen I'm not trying to save the world from the coming zombie invasion, I love my wife, hug my daughters, write, photograph, listen, observe, explore, and worship.View all posts by Jeremy Binns →

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