Last year about this time of day my daughter was born.
I’ve learned a tremendous amount these past 12 months and I’m fully aware that I’ve barely scratched the surface. However, the most ever-present lesson of being a father is the continual reshaping of how I view my heavenly Father.
I’ve been given a glimpse into the depth and breadth of a Father’s love. How I will work and arrange to give the very best to my child. The qualities of corrective discipline, protection, and patience have taught me a great deal about God’s nature. More than once as I’ve watched my baby girl learn to walk I’ve seen the object lesson of my own spiritual stumbles, falls, and triumphs.
I have seen how my heart swells the moment she smiles or runs to me and I’ve been reminded that the same is true with my Heavenly Father when I turn my attention toward him in worship or prayer.
Lastly, I’ve come to understand the powerful bonds I form with the people that care for my daughter, those that love her. From Mrs. Bobbie and Mrs. Kim in our nursery to friends like Kim, Jonah, & Mallory (and many more) that just truly love my little girl. If you love my little girl it means more to me than I can put into words because you value the thing in this world I treasure most. I think it’s a small taste of how God feels when we show love to His children.
I’m not discovering anything that millions of Christian fathers before haven’t found already but this is my journey. As I learn to love like a Father I’m also re-learning how to be loved by a Heavenly Father.
What father among you, if his son asks fora fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then,who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Fathergive the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” Luke 11:11-13