Jesus said, “Today is salvation day in this home! Here he is: Zacchaeus, son of Abraham! For the Son of Man came to find and restore the lost.”
I cannot pretend to understand the love between a father and son, as I am a mother, however I can comprehend love. It would stand to reason that when a father sees his son for the first time it brings upon the man a flood of emotions. Suddenly here is this child dependent upon him for love, attention and guidance as he grows up. Maybe for some it seems like the most impossible task, only because of how they view who they are. All I know is that a father’s love is not only needed but it is strong desire in each of as we learn and grow into the things of this world and its relationships.
Tragedy can strike any time. Separations happen. Divorce is ugly. Love can be tainted. Relationships can be torn. Life can throw a multitude of failures at us. Yet, we push through. We survive the jungle of lies and traps as we grow closer into a relationship with God. For those who have been raised without a father in their lives, no matter the circumstances, they may have a distorted picture of who God really is. Depending on the picture our fathers painted in our lives, we may see God as angry or distant or too busy or unloving or uncaring or just not there. Some may feel abandoned or unwanted. Others may feel rejected and misunderstood. There is a multitude of different ways to see God, and many of the perceptions of the broken among us is wrong.
Today, right before my eyes I witnessed God in His most elaborate form, fatherly love. My husband crossed a bridge to a whole new level of God in the matter of minutes. Being reunited with his father after several years of absence and false emotions, I saw the love a father has for his son brimming in the eyes of a very broken man. I do not have all the details of the past, but today was what was relevant. In a moment of pure forgiveness, God melted the hearts of two men and has begun a restoration in them both. For my husband it was seeing God in a whole new light as a loving, caring Father who has hopes and dreams for His beloved children. For John’s dad, hope was restored,along with a good dose of acceptance.
Healing has begun. In just one moment of time, forgiveness, a tiny key, opened a doorway to new love. A doorway down a path of restoration and new revelation. Our God is a God of restoration. I do not have enough words to describe the restoration process in my life, let alone what He is doing in my husbands’ life. I encourage you to spend some time with God and seek Him and His love. Let Him reveal Himself to you as the loving Father that He is. If you think God is mad at you for your failures, you are wrong. If you think He can’t possible love you, you have a misconception about Him. If you think you have to fix everything in your life before you can return to Him, the devil has you deceived. Choose right now to see Him in a different light. Let go of the hurt. Forgive yourself. See Him for the love He has for you. It’s not too late. He is waiting for you.