My husband recently returned from a much-needed getaway to California with some friends, and while he was away, my little Abby Mae fantasized continually about his return. She drew an adorable picture of the two of them.
“We’re looking at each other,” she said with a faraway look in her eye, head tilted slightly to one side. She taped the picture to the front door and chatted endlessly about his return. This went on for the entire four days.
“I can’t wait for him to sit next to me at supper!”
“Do you think he is thinking about me?”
“I just want to kiss him right now!”
Upon his return, Christian found his ardent admirer asleep in bed with visions of Daddy dancing through her head. A smile graced her lips, and she wore the pajamas she thought he would most like. He kissed her brow and set a souvenir t-shirt bedside the lavender butterfly lamp, taking a minute to watch her sleep, gurgling and snoring softly, unable to be roused.
When she woke in the morning, she wept when she realized he’d gone again until she saw the shirt. This consoled her a bit, to know he’d been near, and in a few long hours, she would once again bask in his presence. She donned the shirt with happy giggles and spun around all pink and pretty.
“I want him to see me in my new shirt that he picked out just for me when he gets home tonight.” Her little brow furrowed. “Mommy, what was Daddy wearing when he came home?”
Then at long last, the moment arrived. She squealed and ran to his open arms, vying for her spot among the others, savoring every second of Daddy’s homecoming. He took a moment to properly greet everyone, and then he swooped Abby into his arms again. She stared at him, breathless, cupping his scratchy chin in her hand, smiling all the while.
“Oh, I missed you, Daddy! You were gone forever!” She rubbed her palm over his black wool coat, savoring the scratchy cool feeling under her skin. He held her close, beaming as he spoke gently to her. Her eyes shone as she quietly nodded and offered brief responses peppered with giggles.
The older two lumbered into the kitchen, heading straight for him, so he carefully set her down with a parting smile. Knowing they needed him, she gladly stepped aside and could contain her joy no longer.
“Daddy’s home! Daddy’s home!” She twirled around the kitchen, arms outstretched, shrieking with delight, singing and soaring all at once. He glanced over and smiled at her. “My daddy’s home, and he’s looking at me!”
All was now right with the world. Daddy was home.
I’m grateful that my husband has taken care to cultivate a loving, attentive relationship with her. In the midst of all his pursuits and opportunities, he has made family a priority, and we are grateful. He daily strives to show us the love of Christ in the way he leads our home, moment by moment, step by step.
The name Abigail means, “My Father is joy,” referring specifically to God. I think the reciprocal way she and Christian adore each other is a beautiful picture of our relationship with God. He delights in us because he sees us through the blood of Jesus, and in turn, we can freely let ourselves love Him with everything that we are.
Abby does. She sings to Him all the time:
“God makes the trees so tall
He grows the grass so high
He makes the flowers grow
And puts the clouds in the sky.”
She thinks He’s GREAT and compares everything to Him. “Is our house bigger than God?” “Was Samson stronger than God?” “Is a tornado more powerful than God?”
In the same way she adores her daddy, Abby loves a God she has never seen but knows is real. He made her and died for her and saved her . . . He’s her Superhero “forever and ever!” She even made a special drawing (above) of she and God, saying, “we are looking at each other with love.”
Even though she’s only four, it’s evident to all who know her that little Abby feels deeply loved and forever cherished by her Heavenly Father. May we all experience the same, knowing He delights in us, thrilling in His presence, our hearts exclaiming, “He’s looking at me!”