“The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God” (Romans 8:16, ESV)
Abby’s mom was a single parent who worked two jobs just to keep the lights on and food on the table. As a result, Abby and her younger sisters spent most of their time at her best friend Tasha’s house.
Tasha’s parents welcomed the three girls into their home. Abby and her sisters regularly ate dinner with the family. Tasha’s dad, Leonard, helped the four girls with their homework every evening.
Years later, when Abby became a Christian, she struggled with how to see God. “My church told me that God was a loving Father. For a long time, I didn’t understand it. My dad split when my sisters were little.”
Then one day, Tasha reached out, inviting Abby to come visit her and her young family. “Leonard was there, and I walked in to see him playing with his grandkids. For the first time, it hit me I had a father.”
“Leonard taught me to drive, just like he did for Tasha. He took me on college visits when my mom couldn’t get time off work.” Abby laughed as the truth soaked deep into her heart. “Because of Leonard, I knew what it was like to be loved deeply by a father and that made me see God in a whole new light.”
Dear God, let the truth of your love surround me, soaking into my spirit. I want to feel Your love and shine it so others can learn of Your great compassion. In Jesus’ name, Amen.