A few weeks ago, my husband had a day off and after working outside in the morning, it was with relief that we headed out to a local splash pad. We had a quick picnic lunch, then headed over to the coolness of SPLASHING!! Preparedness is my motto (or, at least, one of them), so we came armed with several empty yogurt containers.
It wasn’t very busy, this day; just a handful of other kids playing. However, since I was watching our little guy, I quickly passed off my container to Abigail who had just passed hers to another little boy. It was with great delight and pride that I watched what happened next.
No matter how hard I try to remember, I just can’t seem to figure out how the whole thing began. One by one, each of the kids who had been going from one spray station to the next, either found a container or borrowed one and were joining in the fun; playing with our family and relentlessly targeting my husband! There was such whooping and hollering and smiles and shrieks! One little guy, about 10 years old, filled his bottle with water and hesitantly sneaked up behind Dan. I wasn’t sure he would actually follow through. Finally, he gave Dan a good soaking. I couldn’t help laughing out loud as he gave a victory whoop and did a little dance. By the time the other kids were leaving, they were thanking our kids for letting them play with “our dad”!
I love my husband; he is such a great dad! There is something compelling about a man who is involved with his family.
We came home exhausted and a little sunburned, but so happy to have had Dan home that day — and what a FUN day it was!
As Christians, even more compelling, is our heavenly Father who adopts His people as His very own children. Consider some of these verses about the Christians’ Heavenly Father:
“I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:18 (NIV)
“And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:29-32 (NIV)
“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! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” 1 John 3:1 (NIV)
Maybe this sounds too distant. Too unreal? Did you have an absent father? Are you a single mother? Knowing the wonderful fatherhood of the only living and true God is essential for homemaking. Assurance of His love, enables your love to flow freely in your home. Assurance of His provision, enables a peace in your home. Assurance of His care, lets you cast your cares on Him.
For more on God as Father, please see Ed Welch’s blog post on the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF) website called “When God Looks Like Your Earthly Father.”
Do you want to know more about becoming a Christian? Please take a look at Timothy Keller’s article on Northwestern University’s Reformed University Fellowship website called “How Can I Know God?”
BTW, I wonder what stories the other kids told at dinner that night?