It was the morning of Father’s Day and Ella, our youngest, entered our bedroom to get her fifteen minutes of snuggle time with mom and dad. Ella was very excited for me, and with a great big smile, she wished me a Happy Father’s Day. Then, Amy chimed in with her well wishes. I just spontaneously blurted out, “Happy Father’s Day, God.” Amy said, “Oh, hon, too bad it’s too late for that to be a blog post. That would have been a great one.” After we talked about it a bit, we realized it’s never too late to acknowledge our Heavenly Father.
So, you can thank my wife, Amy, for encouraging me to write this post. Although Father’s Day for this year has passed, the spirit of it remains. My Father’s Day was awesome this year because my perspective changed. What I mean is, I took my eyes off me on and placed them on my Heavenly Father. I tell you when you focus on God’s goodness, His blessings follow.
For Father’s Day both my daughters made cards and gave them to me. Ella also made me a keychain with a traced image of her foot that was done on shrink paper. Daddy she said, “I made your key chain at school, I want you to put your motorcycle key on it”.
My footprint is small but getting bigger everyday.
I’m learning how to be big by watching you work, love and play.
Remember when your days are long
and you can’t walk another mile
that this little footprint makes it all worthwhile.
Words can not describe the joy of knowing that your daughter is hooked on you. My Heavenly Father has blessed me with three wonder girls, my lovely wife Amy, my youngest daughter,Ella, and my oldest, Emma Grace.
Emma Grace bought me a remote control Night Raider Helicopter that glows in the dark. I learned later from Amy that when Emma Grace asked her if she could get me a remote control toy, Amy tried to discourage her saying daddy probably won’t use something like that. Well Emma Grace wasn’t going to let that deter her so she asked me a couple days before Father’s Day, “Daddy, I’m not asking for any particular reason (don’t you love she kids use grown-up expressions) but would you ever want a remote control car or plane?” Amy was so surprised, I don’t know why – she knows I’m just a big kid, when I said, “Ya, I’ve been looking at them at Sears.” So the morning of Father’s Day, after church, my girls sent me to gas up the car and they snuck off to Sears to get me my remote control toy … I hadn’t made the connection of Emma Grace’s question to Father’s Day so it was a wonderful surprise to open.
Well I spent most most of the afternoon trying to master flying my new remote control helicopter; which actually involved knocking it down from the tree it was caught in several times. The last time it got caught I even climbed a tree to get it out. That’s right a sixty-one year old can still climb a tree! I was not going to lose my Father’s Day gift to a tree branch. Needless to say, Father’s Day brought out the kid in me.
As a child growing up I didn’t know my biological father and for a long time neither did I know my mother. I was raised by my grandmother who became both mom and dad to me. Grandma was a single parent who didn’t have a high school education. Her highest grade of completion was third grade. But what grandma did have was a high regard and love for The Lord. My grandmother poured years of her love into my life, but most of all she instilled in me the love of Jesus.
My childhood growing up was grand, don’t get me wrong we were very poor, I just never knew it … At least until my teen years. For whatever reason, I didn’t go through the longing for the presence of a father. I guess it was because grandma taught me that my Heavenly Father would always provide me with whatever I needed. I saw God through the eyes of grandma. No matter what her highs or lows were I alway saw her rejoicing in Jesus. This women could praise God no matter what the circumstances were. You think maybe this helped me? I’m sure it did!
It actually reminds me of a portion of Scripture from the book of Psalms. In Psalm 68, we are reminded that no one who hardens his heart against God ever prospers. We should praise Him for His mercy and compassion for He cares for the afflicted and oppressed. And, who is more vulnerable than the fatherless. But, God takes those and brings them into His family as we read in verse 5 … a father to the fatherless …
For those of you who can relate to my story, it was my deepest desire to leave you with encouragement, that you did have a father – a Heavenly Father. Don’t allow bitterness or anger take hold of your heart, but release it to Jesus. If you are blessed to have an earthly father involved in your life, with the right relationship with your Heavenly Father, you’ll love your dad all the more.
What is Father’s Day all about anyway? Well if you asked one hundred people, I bet you’ll get one hundred different answers. But for me, Father’s Day is all about sacrifice. I am talking about the kind of sacrifice that God made for the sins of mankind. 2 Corinthian 5:21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. The title father is of the highest honor and should never supersede that of your spiritual father in heaven. If you would like to have a relationship with your Heavenly Father, pray and ask His Son Jesus come come into your life. Acts 4:12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”