Good am, and welcome to Day Four of the Summer Adventure series. I hope you have enjoyed the series so far, and that this one will be a blessing to you today. Hope to see you tomorrow!
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,” Romans 8:14-16, NKJV.
I took a little break this week and watched a fairy tale movie. It was the unhappy princess conceals her identity, runs away from home, meets a commoner, they have an adventure, she falls in love, they get into a huge mishap because of her free spirit, the commoner saves the day, they all live happily ever after kind of fairy tale. There was, however, a did-not-see-that-coming twist in this particular tale that caught my attention.
The first thing that I noticed was how comfortable the hero was around the princess when he didn’t know she was one. They talked, he told a joke, and they laughed together. Once he finds out she is the princess, however, everything changes. (For one, he is threatened at swords’ point by the royal guardsman to bow or have a problem with his knees). Secondly, he refers to her as “your highness.” The look in her eyes when he calls her that for the first time was one of great disappointment. He had only known her by her given name, and it was so important to her to hear her name, instead of her title, come from his lips. The relationship seems shattered as she is whisked away on horseback.
Plot has it that she runs away again and this time she gets lost in the dark and winds up at the commoner’s home where he resides with his uncle. The commoner realizes at once who she is, but he plays along with her questions until a certain point. He offers her a gift, a small book about adventure, before he reveals he knows who she is once again by calling her “your highness.” She informs him that he is to call her by her given name and not use her title again.
Adventure sets in and the two are whisked away magically to another world, and there he saves her life and the final plot twist begins. He thinks himself to be a commoner, but it is revealed he is actually a king—a king fit to marry a princess. Their relationship changes one more time as her earthly father gives his blessing and the two are wed now that he knows the commoner is a king.
So what does all of this have to do with us? Plenty. First, did you notice how comfortable you were at one time talking with our Heavenly Father and having a relationship with Him? Then, you started to find out just how awesome and incredible His position is—Creator, Sustainer, Ruler, King, Judge, Lord—and somehow you went from calling Him by name, “Abba,” (Daddy) to referring to His positions. He longs to have that sweet relationship back, but we see ourselves as unworthy and unlovable and we watch as He is whisked away on a great list of our expectations.
But, He comes back. We talk again. He breaks through our expectations and He restores the relationship. He shows us we are citizens of another place—a heavenly realm—and we belong with Him.
I like it when fairy tales have happy endings and the hero finds out there is more to him than meets the eye. And I like them even better when they remind us that the Ruler of this Universe wants us to call Him by His given name, Abba, instead of one of His many titles, and he wants us to realize we are His. What a happy ending!
Thought-provoker: what titles are we using to keep our relationship with God at a “your highness” distance? Are we willing to let Him break through expectations and restore the relationship?
Abba, thank You for not hiding behind titles and positions, but reaching out to us with such amazing love and allowing us to call you “Daddy.” Draw us close to Your heart today and allow us a glimpse of what our relationship with You can truly be when all the walls are down. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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