DADDY'S LITTLE GIRL
My Christian journey has always seemed a little “backwards” to me. I am so thankful for God’s timing, the uniqueness of my path, and the rich goldmine for comedy that my story provides.
I went on a missions trip before I met Jesus.
I preached the gospel before I knew what it meant.
I taught others how to see God as a father before I experienced it.
I was 15 years old, freshly saved, knew next to nothing about how to be a Christian, was still a hot mess, and was leading a group of 5 and 6 year olds around Vacation Bible School for a week. I had never worked with kids before, I had no idea what I was doing, and I still don’t know how I managed to get through that week with myself and all the children in tact. But, by the grace of God, we all made it out alive and hopefully a little better because of it.
Each day we would travel to different stations, including the craft room. On this particular day, the children were making gifts to give to their fathers because our VBS was taking place the week before Father’s day. One of the little girls turned to me, while the others were diligently working on their craft and said, “I don’t have a dad.”
I had no idea what to say to that. My mind went blank and panic rose in my heart, yet the words flew out of my mouth as if they were coming from another source, “I don’t have one either; God is my Father.”
There are a few interesting things about this statement:
- I do have a father, he’s still very much alive. At the time he was still married to my mom, we were all living in the same house, and he went to and served at the church where that VBS was being held.
- I hadn’t begun to see God as my father yet. I had just recently come to understand my need for Jesus as my Savior, but I hadn’t even started unravelling the mess of daddy issues I was carrying around in my heart.
Yet, in spite of all this, that was the answer that both the young girl and I needed at the time.
Since those words came out of my mouth over 10 years ago, I’ve been on a journey of healing and choosing daily to forgive my earthly father. More than that, I’ve been learning to see God as my Heavenly Father. This has not been an easy process but has been one of the most amazing of my life.
TODAY IS FATHER'S DAY.
Father’s Day is a hard holiday for many people and if you fall into that category, I honor you, I’m sorry that this is a difficult day, and I am with you in that boat.
If Father’s Day is great day for you, I celebrate with you!
Whether this day is good or bad for you, I think it’s a beautiful opportunity to honor and worship the Lord. No matter your relationship with your earthly father, God is your perfect Heavenly Father. Take a few moments today and celebrate him. Whether that looks like singing worship to him in your car, thanking him in prayer, telling others about him, or (yes it may sound weird, but just roll with me) making a Father’s Day card for God. Whatever feels right to you, let’s make today a celebration of our Father who loves us dearly!
Father’s Day is also a time when we as women can honor the amazing men in our lives. No matter your relationship with your dad, I’m sure that you know some men that can be celebrated today. Are there any men in your life who have helped you? Encouraged you? Challenged you to grow? Or helped you draw nearer to Christ? Today is a day to honor them! This could look like giving an uncle, neighbor, elder, pastor, or friend a gift, calling them on the phone, shooting them a text, inviting them over for dinner, or anything else you think is appropriate to make them feel honored and seen. Or, it could mean speaking into the life of a young man who will one day likely become a father. Let’s be a group of women who honor the fathers and men in our lives and let’s encourage the next generation to be amazing fathers.
Let’s be intentional to honor God and honor men today!
Sarah Callen | Teaching Team for We Are Unveiled