The Arms of the Father

Read Revelation 21:1–8.

Each of my three boys went through the stage, though I think my youngest’s experience was the most intense. Whenever we would leave the house, Luke would need me to hold him. If I tried to put him down, even for a moment, he’d sob uncontrollably. Whether we were at the park, a friend’s house, or the grocery store, Luke could be always be found in my arms, clinging ever so tightly. Even at home, if he didn’t know where I was, he’d start asking, “Where’s Daddy?”—and he wouldn’t stop until he knew exactly where I was.

There were times when Luke’s need to be held could be annoying (like any time I had to use my arms), but there was a sweetness to his need for his daddy. I knew this stage wouldn’t last forever, so while we were in it, I wanted my son to know I’m always here for him. He can always find security and comfort in my arms.

From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible tells us that the answer to our heart’s deepest longings can only be found in the presence of our heavenly Father. We were made to be with Him, and though sin has separated us, Jesus came to bring us home. Right now, God’s presence dwells within us through His Spirit, and one day we will live with Him again: “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them’” (Revelation 21:3).

As we wait for that amazing day, let’s remember that nothing on earth will satisfy us. Nothing will bring us the wholeness or healing we crave—nothing except the always-open arms of our Father.

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