The Faithful Father
By Latasha Ransome
As the recent Father’s day approached, I began to dread it, or at least the significance of it.
The day always reminds me about the distant relationship I have with my biological father. I am always curious what to get him. Even picking out the right card is challenging because I am always looking for the right words that express our relationship and sadly, most cards do not, so I look for something funny and leave it at that. However, in the back of mind, I contemplate on my desire for that closeness.
Thankfully, I have grown to understand the Father that I have in God. This recent discovery, or should I say comprehension of His role as my Father has helped me immensely in my faith journey. Although I have read in the Bible numerous times about God’s triune nature, as in Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, to me how they functioned distinctively yet equally was a vague concept.
Ever since I can remember, I considered God to be a friend I knew He loved me and had my best interest at heart. Thus, I wanted to become like Him. Yet, it was not until I began to rely on His Holy Spirit that the true resemblance of His nature, love, and compassion exemplified in my life. However, even with the comprehension of the Holy Spirit’s empowerment active in my life, I still struggled with God being my Father. That was until about a week ago.
Recently I transitioned into a new school, while still being enrolled in seminary, to prepare for my ministerial and professional goals. And as you can imagine, it was and at times, overwhelming. I find myself questioning my decision to attend two separate schools, although I know God told me to do it. Last week in one of my “questioning moments,” I sought God in prayer. I asked Him for direction and peace, and He responded, “Just trust me.”
I realized in that moment that He is my Father. I began to contemplate on all the challenges I have faced in the past two years, the loss of friends, finances, as well as the achievements I accomplished. They were all a part of the divine plan My Father created for me. His protection of me kept certain people out of my life, His provision for me in the moments when I could not physically provide for myself, and it was His Holy Spirit who empowered me to achieve the goals that I desired to obtain. This revelation brought to mind the following Scriptures.
Matthew 6:26-Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
Isaiah 41:10 fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
In addition to this, when natural fathers consider their children, they protect them, love them unconditionally, and even discipline them at times, all through love. Consequently, our heavenly Father who is love, omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient provides provision and protection in ways that are unimaginable to our finite minds. This encourages me. I delight in the fact that God is my friend, protector, and encourager, thus exhibiting His roles as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
My prayer is for you to receive that revelation today as well my friend. You too may have experienced hurt from your biological father, however, please be encouraged to know that Your heavenly Father is your Father every day. He is concerned about you and He considers you and most importantly, He is devoted to you. I would like to leave you with the last Scripture, it always encourages me, I pray it does the same for you also. Psalms 68:5 A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.