A Father’s Love
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Recently, my eldest son had a really, great day. He went fishing with lots of snacks and treats- just him, his daddy, and his uncle. Then when he got home, he lead exploratory expeditions outdoors, and (again) his daddy and his uncle played along. They did whatever he asked. It was such a great day for him.
Then Uncle left. We told my eldest son the plans for the rest of the evening. They did not line up with the plans he had made in his head. So he became a little miffed. We took a family walk (or in my son’s case, a forced march) down to the beach. He walked in front of us, scowling and a bit grumpy, and determined to show us how unhappy he was. My husband commented on how our son had just had the best day ever, but now…? And we followed him, all the way to the beach. And I was smiling a bit, because I love that boy. And I almost remember the feelings that a seven-year-old has. Almost.
But I was thinking- that’s me. I’m the scowling slightly grumpy kid. I’m the one who quickly forgets all of the gifts of the day, and focuses on the negative. And then I realized, that just like my little boy, I have a Father who is right behind me, smiling and loving me. Even when I am a grump! And I knew that once we got to the beach, the scowl would disappear. Which is like my Heavenly Father knowing what good things are coming for me.
So I guess it was just a good reminder. Not to focus on the negative, but to remember the gifts of each day. And that God is always with me, loving me and watching over me.
Lord, thank you for your unconditional love. Bless us to recognize the gifts that are all around us, and to focus on the good. In Jesus Name, Amen.