Being Father’s Day, I’ve asked my father if he’d like to contribute a guest post.
He sent me a great little excerpt from his memoirs. Here are his words:
An Earthly Father prays to his Heavenly Father
I was sitting at my desk in a small room. There were a lot of small toys scattered on the floor. They did not have much value and made the room look messy.
A visitor came in and asked me why I didn’t throw them away. He saw them as junk. I told him that they belong to our dear daughters. In the eyes of their parents, what you call junk is as precious as gold.
After the guest left I bowed my head and said, “Our Heavenly Father, thank you for our children, they are your precious gift to us, please Lord grant us the wisdom to raise them up in the way they should go, and when they get old they will not depart from it.”
Almost 40 years later, I asked myself if God answered my prayer. I am grateful to say: I am sure He did.
So many years have come and gone since that snapshot in my father’s memory, yet his life continues to display an enduring, peaceful faith in God. No doubt, he has had to put up with a lot more than scattered toys as we were growing up. He did so through persevering in strength, even when things went wrong. To this day, he has a sense of humor that remains resilient and hopeful. I know I would not be who I am today if he were not my father.
And isn’t that the way that God loves us? The issues of our lives that seem trivial to others are important to God because we are His children. It reminds me of a verse in a song we sang last Sunday:
How deep the Father’s love for us,
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure*
Happy Father’s Day, Baba!
To my sweet readers ~ is there a special memory your father has shared with you? How has it reflected God’s love to you?
*How deep the Father’s love for us –©1995 Kingsway’s Thank you Music, Words and Music by Stuart Townend