This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”…(Mt 3:17).
One of my favorite things to do as a child was hop into my fathers arms when we’d go swimming at the pool and have him throw me into the air as I’d come barreling down into the water with a giant splash and an even bigger smile. I found such delight in simply being with my father. I think I loved it so much because he did too. Not only did these times bring me great delight, but they did for him as well.
I could tell, as a young child, that my father valued time with me. He was proud of me, not just for what I did, the accomplishments I could muster or the way I looked in the mirror. No, he was even more proud of me, because I was his and he took great delight in that, just as I took delight in belonging to him.
Your Heavenly Father is proud of you too. He takes great delight in the fact that you are His child. He doesn’t wish you were someone else, doing something more for Him. He simply wants to delight in you. Yes, your Heavenly Father wants to toss you into the air as the two of you smile with great joy. Simply because not only do you find great happiness in being His, but you trust Him to toss you into the air, knowing that, in His arms- you are safe.
Yes, your Heavenly Father loves to delight in you. He loves who you are, because you are His. You are His creation, beautifully and wonderfully made, strong and powerful, not because of something you’ve done, but because of what He’s created in you through His love.
Father, thank you for your great love. Thank you for showering it upon me. I trust you Father. Just like my daddy, who I knew cared for me and loved for me for who I was, you do the same for me. You are my heavenly daddy and I love you, in Jesus name, Amen.