…and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
It was going to be one of those difficult nights of feeling so alone. I had a heavy heart because of a difficult situation I was facing.
I was crying to the Lord and telling him all I wanted was a hug. The kind of hug that only a father can give that makes you feel secure, loved and that everything is going to be OK.
It was too late to call my father or go visit him so I just cried and then cried some more.
I cried myself to sleep but before I did, I actually had the nerve to tell the Lord that He couldn’t possibly give me the hug I so desperately wanted and needed.
I had a relapse in memory because Matthew 19:26 says “with God all things are possible.” I would soon find out through a dream just how true that is!
…your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. Matthew 6:8
In this dream, I was crying out to God in a room designed for prayer meetings. As I was praying, an elderly family friend knelt beside me, wrapped his arm around my shoulder and held me for a few seconds.
He then stood up and walked away without saying a word. The astonishing part of that encounter, is that I literally felt the warmth of his embrace in my sleep!
I immediately woke up and the first thing I did was to apologize to the Lord for telling Him He couldn’t do something. I will not do that again!
And then came the joy that flooded my soul. Everything I described about what an earthly father’s hug would do is exactly what I felt with that hug – secure, loved and that everything was going to be alright.
The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. Jeremiah 31:3
Jesus said in John 15:16 that we can ask our Heavenly Father for anything as long as we ask it in His name. I asked for a hug and He literally gave me one.
I wanted to feel my father’s love and even though it was not in the way I expected, the Lord answered me and gave me what I needed – My Father’s Love.