I was at home the other day, and our youngest daughter was having her afternoon nap. On a good day she sleeps for 2 hours...it gives us a chance to catch up on some chores or a bit of 'me' time.
The monitor was on.
2 hours went by and then I heard her voice...."Dadda, dadda. By the sound of her voice I could tell she had awoken with a smile on her face. It's one of the sweetest sounds in the world...to hear a young child...your young child...calling for you. At that moment there was only one person she wanted...me! I ran up the stairs...I couldn't wait to see her and give her a cuddle.
"Dadda"...one short word but full of meaning, emotion,...love. "Dadda"... a word of informality...of intimacy...or belonging.
The Bible tells us we can know God in the same way. As a child calls their father "daddy", we can know and call the God who made the universe and everything in it, "Daddy". The God of the Bible isn't a stand-offish figure, who wants to stay at a distance. But a loving Father who wants to know us and us to know him. Imagine God's delight when we call him "Daddy" longing to know him, to spend time with him, to receive his love.
Next time your child calls "Dadda", may it cause you to reflect on the love of our Heavenly Father.