My husband and I are hooked. Our friends and family said we should watch it. It was all over facebook but we had never seen it. I watched one episode and I was captivated soon reeling my husband in as well. We watched every night, sometimes for three hours as the drama unfolded in the Crawley mansion on “Downton Abbey”. After two weeks of being enthralled by the series, we watched the last episode of Season two. The ending left us feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. It was worth the hours we had invested.
As much as I was rooting for Matthew and Mary, there was a side story that was getting on my nerves. It was the story of Daisy the cook’s assistant. She married a man whom she did not “really” love while he was on his deathbed. And since his death, her father-in-law wanted to remain in contact, but she didn’t. She thought it best to move on considering she was feeling a tremendous amount of guilt for lying to a dying man. After much persuasion, she went to see her father-in-law who offered an unexpected proposition. He offered to be her father. He asked her to be his daughter. He had no surviving children and asked if she would allow him to be her parent. Daisy was stunned and incredibly moved by the offer.
In that moment, Daisy’s childish and insecure mannerisms left her. It was as though, she had grown up. Before her visit, she was a whiny, frightened young lady. She never spoke honestly for fear of angering others. But the offer to become a child of someone altered her outlook. For the first time, she felt wanted, loved and important. She felt special.
I think this part of the story moved me because it is the exact picture of the Father reaching out to us. He doesn’t force us to be His children, He invites. The moment we accept the invitation, our lives are completely changed. We are no longer alone; we have a heavenly Father who loves us deeply. We didn’t have to earn that love and we can do nothing to make it disappear. It is secure and reminds us we are special.
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” (1 John 3:1 NIV)
Have you forgotten how special you are to the Father? Has your awe for Him been choked out by the circumstances surrounding you? Have you failed to sit at His feet and receive His love? Spend some time with God today. He longs to surround you in comfort and make you feel special.
Thank you Father for your unending love. I pray we would never forget how much you love us. I ask for that love to be the source of all we think, say and do.