“Majesty, worship his Majesty . . .” The familiar words rolled off my lips as I sat among a group of believers from all over the western United States who had gathered to share their experiences in relational church. It was Sunday morning and we were just beginning with a chance to sing songs of praise and thanksgiving to God. I felt unsettled.
Sitting next to me that morning was a three-and-a-half-year-old girl, cradled in the arms of her father, Jim. Nyssa struggles against the complications of Freeman-Sheldon syndrome, a genetic muscle disorder that has caused severe scoliosis (curvature of the spine) and disfigured fingers. She is fed through a tube in her stomach and the disorder renders her unable to talk, walk, or play like other children. In fact, she can only lay cuddled in her father’s arms, cooing and slobbering. The connection between her and her father and the love and adoration that beamed from his face as he whispered to her and jiggled her in his arms was mesmerizing.
That’s what I want! The words sailed through my mind so quietly I almost missed them. I had to stop a minute and ask not only what I had heard, but where it had come from. Certainly, this wasn’t my thought. After a few moments of meditation, however, I recognized Father’s voice in it and suddenly it dawned on me why my heart had been so unsettled that morning.
We were exalting God, joining the great throng of angelic beings that surround the throne with praise and adoration to God. He was just wanting us to enjoy a moment in his lap, like that father and daughter; with an intimacy that no moment of adoration could rival.
Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
John 1:12–13 (NIV)
This reflection is taken from my new book, Live Loved Free Full. I am running them here because we didn’t receive the book in time to ship them before the start of the year. If you pre-ordered a copy it is already in the mail to you. We will do one more week here and after that you’ll need to get your book to keep reading. You can order your hardback copy from us or get the e-book from your favorite e-book distributors. The Kindle edition is here.
2 thoughts on “A Girl and Her Daddy!”
Hi pastor Wayne,
I bought Lived Love Free Full via Kindle and I am enjoying it tremendously.
To be honest, I have not been using Devotionals for a long time for reasons of my own. I have tried several and they all are good in their own way…….But Lived Love Free Full is touching my heart in a very special way.
I am sitting under a tree at my favourite Restaurant, reading todays reading , A Girl and her Daddy. I am in tears! And I am not even embarrassed.
I have been struggling to have intimacy with the Father for a while now, because I have allowed my circumstances and the people in it to steal my heart away from my Father.
While reading it, I senced the Father with me, tapping his hand on His knee, indicating me to get on his lap.
The way you write makes it so real and desirable to me. I believe it is because you write from your own experience and heart.
Thank you for bringing people like me home to the Father’s lap again. Time and time again!
Daniël du Plessis
Love this. So encouraged to hear how this is encouraging your journey.
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