I lost my earthly father 25 years ago; it seems hard to believe it’s been so long. Devastating is the only word I have to describe my feelings at the time. My father was my world – nothing else could take his place in my life. But I know God took him in order to make way for himself because his death was what made me seek after God in the first place.
As always, his timing was perfect because while I was seeking, he brought another man into my life, the man who would later become my husband and the father of my children.
My loss paved the way for two more fathers: God himself and my husband Sam. So I consider my loss gain.
Father’s day is difficult for those of us who’ve lost our dads. But if you (like me at the time) haven’t yet met your Heavenly Father, I urge you to look up. Seek him. He is as real as the earthly father you’ve lost and is just waiting to meet you.
Psalm 68:5 says: A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.
Finding and knowing him is as simple as talking to him in prayer. In the quiet of your heart and mind, all you have to do is ask. Here’s an example of prayer: Father, I want to know you and to have you in my life. I believe you are the one true God. That you sent your son to die on the cross for my sins and then raised him from the dead. Jesus, come into my heart and cleanse me. Guide me to my father in heaven and make me into your image that we may be one in spirit.
And if you’re blessed and will be celebrating your earthly father today, that prayer is for you as well. Two fathers are better than one!