There’s something so innocent, pure, and honest about the words that come out of a child’s mouth. I absolutely LOVE spending time with kids. It’s no wonder that after God called me to Haiti for what I thought was 6 months, I ended up staying to work in the orphanage for almost 5 years! Once in awhile the orphanage kids pushed buttons in me that I didn’t even know I had, but most days they brought out Joy and Love in me from my depths that I didn’t even know I possessed.
When I moved home I deeply missed, not just my orphanage kiddos, but being around kids. God started to teach me though, to dig down deep and not just depend on the presence of kids in my life to bring out that child-like faith and joy, but to be a carrier of that presence no matter who I’m with and where I am.
Once I started to learn to do that God started to open up doors again for me to work with Kids and youth and its been such a refreshing season to be in those ministries.
Not only do I get to serve at those ministries at church, but it’s been a joy to have so many friends in my life with kids that I get to be the “fun aunt” to and love and spoil them!
I was recently babysitting for some sweet little kiddos that are carriers of joy. Their laughs and smiles are contagious and their eyes just light up the room while they’re laughing! They’re so fun and they have such a pure love for Jesus. Even while we were watching a movie anytime someone did something mean they would say over and over “that wasn’t kind, was it!? Jesus wants us to be kind!” Oh if only we could see it the way these little 4 and 5 year olds do. The simplicity of it all that we grown ups tend to make so complicated.
At one point in the movie there was a line that referenced a daddy. One of the girls, without hesitation, excitedly looked up to me and exclaimed, “Katie!! I have a dad and his name is Daddy!” She, of course, was referring to her earthly father, whom she so clearly adores. But it was in that moment that the Lord so gently whispered to me, “Katie, you have a dad too, You have me, and I have many names.”
It was two weeks ago that I had this encounter and I just keep hearing her words, “I have a dad and his name is daddy!” and then God saying “Katie, you have a dad too, You have me, and I have many names.”
So I’ve bee intentionally reflecting and meditating on the names of God and who my heavenly Father is to me.
(JUST TO NAME A FEW)
He’s so much more to me than I even give him credit for. He’s always there, always ready for me and waiting for me, yet sometimes I still try to do it on my own. But even still, I have a dad and he’s not just my “daddy.” He’s my provider. He’s my redeemer. He meets me where I’m at and loves me anyway. He leads me and guides me. He stretches me and grows me. He equips me to do things I’m so unequipped to do on my own. He’s such a good father.
I’m so blessed to have an amazing earthly father, just like this little girl who so was so excited to tell me “I have a dad and his name is daddy!” My earthly dad loves me so intentionally and so well. I think about this and how much more God loves me and it’s truly overwhelming in all the best and humbling ways!
Intentionally dig down deep, friends, and tap into the joy and laughter of the child-like faith that is inside of you. Embrace the wonder around you. Know who God is, the names He carries, because it will help you understand the love your Daddy has for you on a whole new level.