A good good father

I had a tumultuous and conflict-ridden relationship with my biological dad and to this day we are completely estranged. I’m really OK with that because I have moved on in life and have enjoyed lots of strong, healthy fatherly influences in my life that filled that space in my life over the years. Additionally, my dad has demonstrated time and again that he has no interest in having any type of relationship with me.

I’ve made my peace with that a long time ago. This week, instead of my usual apathetic attitude about fatherhood, I find myself feeling and thinking warmly about my heavenly Father. I heard this song for the first time a few years ago and it’s been on my spiritual playlist ever since.

While I never knew what it was like to go fishing, or camping, or treated warmly and lovingly by my biological dad, I know that God the Father was always looking out for me. From having a mom that loved me enough for two parents, God making himself real to me when I was 16, to all of the good men I encountered in my life that always seem to take me under their wings, I know that God has always been a good, good Father to and I am so thankful for that.