In Our Father’s Arms

I once heard the following anecdote that helps demonstrate the heart of our Heavenly Father and our security in His love:

There was a young father who had two daughters– one was six years old, and the other four. When he returned home from work one day, his two children ran excitedly up the drive to meet him; however, the oldest was able to run faster and leaped into his arms before her little sister could get there. When the four-year-old arrived, her sister, who was already in her father’s arms taunted, “I’ve got Daddy now!” The wise father gave the older daughter a warm hug and put her down on the drive and immediately lifted the younger child high up into his arms. Then the four-year-old looked down at her big sister and joyfully exclaimed, “But now Daddy has me!”

Our Heavenly Father loves us with an everlasting and perfect (1 John 4:18) love; therefore, we are welcomed to run to Him and take refuge. However, perhaps the even greater blessing is that our security and acceptance doesn’t depend on us; it is His strong arms that keep us safe and secure– He has us!