Goodbye, Superhuman Dad!
Have you ever heard that catchy children's song about Father Abraham having many sons, you and I being one of them? Abraham is highly revered in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. We all come from Papa Abraham. But as I've been re-reading his story in Genesis, I've been amazed at how many times he majorly screwed things up. It seems his one redeeming quality was that "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness" (Rom. 4:3).
Take the time he moved to Egypt, for example. He really didn't want to, but there was a famine in the land (think no McDonalds, Arbys . . . anything!), so he took his wife Sarai (you might know her as Sarah) to the land of Egypt. Only before they climbed on their camels, he made up an alias for her . . . Sister Sarai:
"When the Egyptians see you, they will say, 'This is his wife.' Then they will kill me but will let you live. Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you" (Gen. 12:12–13).Abe was scared! So scared that he looked out for himself rather than protecting his wife. When they arrived in Egypt, Pharaoh saw how good looking Sarai was (just as Abe had feared) and took her into his palace as . . . his wife! I don't know what all transpired in that palace, but I do know one thing—Sarai must have felt so rejected and unloved.
Thank goodness she had Someone else looking out for her. When God saw what was going on, He sent serious diseases on Pharaoh and his whole household (er, palacehold!). When poor Pharaoh found out that Sarai was really Abe's wife, he exclaimed, "Why didn't you tell me so?!" and sent them all packing.
Can you relate? Have you, like Sarai, ever had an authority figure in your life majorly flub it? You're most likely not yet married, but maybe your dad has blown it like Father Abe did.
I'd dare say . . . yes. Because no matter how great your dad is, I know a few things about him:
- He's human.
- He's been hurt, and hurt people often hurt people.
- He's a sinner.
- He's imperfect.
The good news for you, sweet girl, is that you have a Father and Husband who always does what's best for you—even at the risk and loss of His own life. Jesus was forsaken by His Father on your behalf so that you would never, ever have to be rejected by Father God yourself.
So ditch that superhuman dad mentality. Let him off the hook a little. Then look around him to Your incredible Father God and rest in His never-failing protection and care.
But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield (Ps. 5:11–12).