There is a very beautiful, extravagant hotel that I have enjoyed High Tea at a number of times. Each visit has been for a very special occasion, mainly engagements and weddings.
The room that you dine in is called the “Victorian Tea Room”. Each time I walk in there I feel like I have been whisked back to the time of Pride & Prejudice. I am Elizabeth, wandering through the beautiful mansion of Pemberly, gazing at each magnificent room.
At a youth retreat we were at recently, I sat in on a session on prayer. During it we were told to close our eyes and ask God for a picture of himself as the perfect father.
We are easily swayed in our view of God depending on what our earthly father was like. If he was kind, loving and compassionate, that will often be how you see your heavenly Father.
If he was cold, abusive or distant, that could be your view of your heavenly Father.
Since no earthly father is perfect, I think it is very healthy to ask God to reveal himself to you in this way.
Anyway, during this time I was whisked away to this Victorian Tea Room. I was a little girl, in a beautiful dress. The room was empty except for a table for two.
I couldn’t see God, but I danced with him. He twirled me around. I was a princess. The most beautiful girl in the world. I was completely captivating to Him, and I was in awe of the depth of my love for him.
After twirling around in my beautiful dress, we had tea. And we talked. For a long, long time. I could tell Him anything. He listened, and had wise things to say.
It was a like a dream.
A fairy tale.
I came back to reality, and my heart was filled with joy. In a moment I had experienced the love of my Heavenly Father. I had just been on an unforgettable daddy/daughter date.
Yesterday we were back in this special room at a larger-get-together.
I stepped into the room and felt a mixture of joy, love and excitement flow through me with a tingle.
Words were whispered to me from Songs of Songs 4:9a
“You have captured my heart, my treasure…”
God has been doing a lot in my life and in my heart, and sometimes I feel like I am simply a mess before him. My heart breaks as I cry out again for forgiveness in the midst of my failings. But He pours out more grace and love.
But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!)
Then He says to us that we are His masterpiece. His sons and daughters.
I’m still soaking in the love of my Father.