Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
I've never appreciated God as a father. I guess it's because my earthly father figures have skewed my perception of what a father is and should be. So my prayer for years now has been for God to show me how to view Him, how to relate to Him. I've become frustrated many times because I can't get past the brick wall that declares God to be a detatched, far-away spirit. But God answers prayer and His timing is so sweet.
I just realized that since I met the hubs about six years ago, God has been building a framework, piece by piece, for me to view Him by. You see, my husband is a man of God. Before him, I had never known, dated, or loved anyone like him. And now that he is a daddy, I'm learning and loving what a father should be. Always present, unconditionally loving, never put out or inconvenienced. God is a fierce protector and sets boundaries for us, yet also picks us back up when we fall because we ignore those boundaries. He helps us learn through every mistake.
Six years now...the answer to my prayer has been in the making. I never saw the process happening, but God has gracefully granted me the opportunity to see the result. What a revelation! Another step made in my walk with God. And when hubby helps Jonah to take his first steps, I'll be reminded of how God gently holds my hand and encourages me to step out in faith too.
So, my Father, who is in heaven, hallowed be your name.