Coming into the presence of a holy, mighty God can be a rather frightening thought. He is so powerful, omniscient, and perfect. How could He relate to little old me with all of my weaknesses, inadequacies, and sin? Still, He asks us to draw near.
As I was thinking about this one day, a wonderful analogy came to my mind. It is as if you are a child of a famous dad. Imagine this father as being the CEO of an enormous conglomerate. He is wealthy, powerful, and in charge of many things.
One day, you — his two-year-old daughter — visit his office. It is on the top floor of his 80-story office building, and it takes up the entire floor. This place is plush! It is richly furbished and complete with a spacious conference room, a bank of secretaries and computers, a private shower, everything that one could imagine.
This man is obviously busy — and protected. His administrative assistant will allow no one by without an appointment, and that list is always full. Every phone call is carefully screened, and no one gets in by simply walking past her. Except you, his daughter.
You have never seen this office before, and you are in awe of everything. You are a little frightened, but you really want to see your dad. You run toward the door your mom points toward. You run right past the administrative assistant and stand on tiptoe to open the door.
As you peek into the huge office, you see your dad working at his executive desk. He looks up somewhat sternly to begin with, but when he sees it is you, a smile lights up his face. He gets up and comes around the desk, holding out his arms to you. You, of course, run into them for this is your “Abba, Father.” You have a special relationship with him.
Yes, it’s true. Dare to draw near. Those arms are open and waiting for you.