*Peeks in and looks around* Hellooooo!
Hey iWaited Family! I am finally finishing up the final week of the I AM Challenge. Whew! It’s been a long road. I switched the server for my blog and that process took way longer than I expected. Then time got away from me, so here we are.
I don’t know about you, but this challenge opened up some places in me that I didn’t know existed. God is showing me Himself more and more each day. During my time away from the blog, I watched the movie “The Shack” which I loved. It’s such a beautiful and sweet movie. What stuck out the most for me was two things. One, how Mackenzie’s (the main character) wife called God Papa. Secondly, when Mackenzie was at different points of grief and hurt in the movie, God came in the form that He needed. Let’s dig into the latter. God showing up just how Mac needed Him to was so profound to me. God isn’t oblivious to the fact that sometimes we need Him as Father, sometimes we need Him as a mother, sometimes we need Him as provider and so on and so forth. He’s keenly aware and attuned to our needs.
But this post is mainly about how Mac’s wife called God Papa. Once the movie ended, I rolled the word Papa around in my head and out of my mouth. I realized that I liked it. I had not realized that the way I referred to God affected how I saw Him. I wasn’t used to calling anyone daddy, dad, father, pops or any other fatherly name. I call my biological dad by his first name just so you can really understand. So when I would refer to God with any of those labels, it felt foreign and unnatural. And most of all—fake. I didn’t realize that not having a fatherly term of endearment for God kept Him far and a bit out of reach.
For the past week or so, I’ve been referring to God as Papa in my prayer time and when I talk to Him and it makes my heart happy :). More and more each day He becomes my Father. I see Him as my Father, I lay concerns at His feet as a Father, I listen to Him as my Father. All of this came from simply changing how I referred to Him. So maybe you have some trauma attached to the word daddy, father, dad, pops or even papa. Find your term of endearment that draws you near to our Father and go to town. Every chance you get, remind yourself and Him, who He is to you. Your vision of Him will start to change. You’ll see.
I love y’all and I’m praying for each of you. You can email prayer requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prayer: Lord, allow me to see the depth of how much I am cherished. Open my eyes to how in tune you are to me. Your love compels you to cherish me and I thank you. I love you!
*Recite the affirmations above however many times you need to in order to allow them to truly sink in.