This little girl finally gave up by dropping the bag on the ground, taking a big breath and crying out, "Daddy!"
Reference: v.6 Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba, Father." (NIV Bible)
Explore: The other day I was walking past our local school. I saw a little girl trying to carry her big heavy school bag across the car park. I don't know what this little one had in her bag but it weighed so much that it was proving to be quite difficult for her to even lift it up. She was giving it her best shot but I could see that the frustration was building and building. She finally gave up by dropping the bag on the ground, taking a big breath and crying out, "Daddy!" I looked around the car park to see a large man stride across to his daughter where, without her even saying another word, he scooped up her bag with one hand and her up in the other and carried them with ease, all the way back to their car.
Application: When we read the word 'Abba' in the scriptures it is usually translated for us as 'Father'. However, if we were to get the deeper meaning of this word, today we would translate it as 'Daddy'. This is an intimate word for father that calls from a place of reliance and trust, just like the little girl in the school car park. When the Spirit prompts us towards God it is drawing us into an intimate relationship with our Creator, not a relationship that is distant and aloof. This 'Daddy' relationship is one of complete reliance and trust where we can call out His name and know that He will be there for us.
Prayer: Daddy, we love You and we need You. May we never stray far from Your loving arms. Amen.
Does your relationship with God reflect that of a child with their Daddy?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.