I Only Want Daddy!
My son-in-law is away from home for two and a half months of Army training and field exercises. During this time he will have almost no contact with his family. Although this will be nothing like his past deployment, the first few days were especially hard for his wife and two young children. One day my daughter was grocery shopping when my three-year-old grandson had an extreme emotional meltdown. “I don’t want you, Mommy!” he cried. “I don’t want my sister; I don’t want myself! I only want Daddy!”
It broke my heart to hear how much my grandson longed to see his father; on the other hand, I was glad that he was able to express his feelings. It also got me thinking about often I’m going through the motions of my daily routine, while inside I’m teetering on the edge of a meltdown. When disappointments, problems, or failures pop up, I often feel like I have to handle the situation on my own. Truth is, my own strength, wisdom, and power is not enough. Maybe what I really need is to go to my heavenly Father and admit, “I don’t want myself; I only want my Daddy.”
Dianne Neal Matthews is a freelance writer and the author of four daily devotional books including The One Year Women of the Bible and Designed for Devotion, which won a 2013 Selah Award. She also writes for websites and blogs, contributes to compilations (including Guideposts’ Mornings with Jesus), and teaches at writers’ conferences. To learn more, visit www.DianneNealMatthews.com or connect with Dianne through Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.