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Submitted by: Tim Dunn

Father-Son-Silhouette1My family took a trip one time, when I was about 13 years old, to Wright Patterson Air Force base with my step-dad’s sister and her family. We did what everyone normally does at the museum: took in the IMAX theatre show, saw all the cool planes, and actually touched a stealth bomber. It was a very exciting day for me as a kid. But something happened on that trip that meant so much more. As a kid that went through divorce and never really knew my biological father’s side of the family, I lacked a certain identity or a sense of belonging. What happened was simple and probably meant nothing to my aunt. She looked at me and my mom and said, “You have Tim’s [my step-dad’s] walk.” That comment changed my entire outlook on belonging.

Father Son ClipartTo a kid that was looking for an identity, that comment meant so much to me. I belonged to a tribe. A family. A community. FINALLY. Now, I’m not certain that I still have my step-dad’s walk, but I know that day was a marked day in my life.

How do you feel about your identity? Do you feel like you belong to a family?

In Isaiah 43:1 it says, “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” Let’s look at this passage and what it says. First, “fear not”. In a time where the world seems to be in an identity crisis, we are simply told, albeit difficult to do, to “fear not, to step back from our fear and look at the bigger picture. The second part of the verse allows that to happen by understanding that “I, [you] have been redeemed”. Now that word “redeemed” is a pretty churchy word, but for all practical purposes, it means that you have been saved from a life separated from God. Finally the verse ends with “you are mine.” That day, though Tim [my step-dad] didn’t say “you are mine,” he smiled, looked down at me, and said, “Well, he’s my son, and he should have my walk.” This verse says the same thing. “You are mine” says the Lord. There is security, strength, and so much more in our lives because of our belonging to God.

Right after Verse 1, it goes on to say, “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” There is comfort in knowing that no matter what we go through, HE is going to be there with us…ALWAYS!

It dawned on me that the reason why “I had my dad’s walk” was because I watched him walk; I studied it. I wanted to be like him. Today, if you are struggling with your identity, ask yourself, “Am I walking with Him every day?” So, that when people see you they would say, “Hey…you have your FATHER’S walk.”

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