In honor of Father's Day, I thought I would let my husband Marcus write this blog post instead of me. I am amazed to see God working in his life and so blessed to be sharing this life journey with him! Happy Father's Day!
In the last few days I’ve been taking care of a couple repair/maintenance odds and ends around the house like replacing our garbage disposal and trying to get the riding lawnmower back to great cutting form. As I’ve been working on these things, I couldn’t help but notice how my youngest boys were watching me. Both boys asked on separate tasks “Daddy, are you really going to fix that?” And as I answered with a “Yes”, it seemed to me like they were amazed. They couldn’t take their eyes off what I was doing! It got me thinking of a couple different things:
The first thing I thought of was my Dad and Grandpas. With Father’s Day being this weekend, it was so nice to think back to how many times I watched one of them do something as a young boy and remember that same feeling of being so amazed by what they did. They were incredible. At times they were like super-heroes with all of the things they made, fixed, etc. Then I remember growing older and losing that feeling and not appreciating those things nearly as much until 20 some years later, being a dad myself. I never thanked them enough and truthfully I should have paid more attention when they were teaching me.
"Listen, my son, to your father's instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching. They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck." (Proverbs 1:8-9)
The next series of thoughts that came to me were along similar lines but they were all focused on my Heavenly Father. It made me think of where I am with God. Am I that enthusiastic child in awe of everything He has done? Or, am I kind of like that teenager that has started taking things for granted and stops wanting to be impressed by anyone other than myself or something of this world? Have I gotten to a point where I don’t think that my Father can impress me? Thankfully, I haven’t gotten to that point but, I know that there are times when I feel that I have all the answers; that I know it all; I don’t need my Father; He doesn’t know me or understand me! Sadly, I’ve thought all of those thoughts about my dad and my Father. God does know me. He knows you. He knows us like he knew Jeremiah when He said “Before I formed you in your mother’s womb I knew you.” (Jeremiah 1:5). I do need my Father. Always.
So where am I going with this? Be like a child for God. Have that youthful passion and exuberance and always be amazed by what God is doing in your life. I understand that as Christians we are supposed to mature and not be like infants but I started to think about what Jesus was saying in the gospel of Mark.
He said to them, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it." And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them. (Mark 10:14-16)
Remember what it is like to have your children run into your arms when you get home from work, or a long trip, or, in my lovely bride’s case, a trip out to the car in the driveway. Or maybe think back to when you were the one running to a parent’s arms and how great it felt when they picked you up and held you in their arms. And know that God is waiting for us to run into His arms with a love that we can’t possibly imagine. I have a Father that has separated me from my sins, as far as the east is from the west. He did that for me through Jesus. So maybe I have to get over myself, my pride, my regrets, my past and run to Him. He knows me and despite all of my shortcomings, He loves me anyway.
How great is the love the Father has lavished on us that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! (1 John 3:1)
Is there something holding you back from running to God? Have you become “too old” to act like a child and be amazed by your Father? Do you need to feel that comforting love that only He can give? Run to Him! He is waiting…
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