LENT DAY 17
One Rad Dad By Pastor Dave Poole
As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him. (Psalm 103:13)
When you ask kids what they want to be when they grow up, you often hear that they want to be a doctor, an astronaut, or a superhero. If you were to ask me when I was young, I would have looked you right in the eyes and without a moment of hesitation told you that I wanted to be a Dad. Ever since my dad passed away when I was young, all I wanted to be was a Dad. Growing up I learned first-hand what it meant in the Bible when it says that God is a Father to the fatherless.
Now at the age of 33, my wife and I are blessed with three beautiful kids; our daughter, and our two sons. Through a few years of fathering my kids I have experienced a whole other level of understanding of how God loves us like a father.
Knowing now what it feels like to want my kids to make friends at school, or cheer them on in their sports, or protect them from harm, I catch a glimpse of how hard God is cheering us on and wanting us to win.
Our daughter is in Kindergarten this year and I was so pumped to go watch her perform in her school’s Christmas performance. It should not come to you as a surprise that being a big, burly, manly man, I was reduced to a puddle of tears watching my little girl sing her heart out and smile and dance her way through the production.
It is not lost on me that in my daughter’s life there will be many more significant events that I will want to cheer her on in. I will want to cheer her through her first broken heart. I will want to cheer her on through graduations, friendships, and hardships. I will cheer her on when I give her away on her wedding day, and wish her a happy Mother’s Day (I already can’t wait to be a Grandpa)
What really strikes me though is that if I were to measure all the emotion and love that I know I will experience as a father, it represents a mere drop in the ocean that is God’s love for His children.
I don’t know what your experience is with your earthly father but take heart in the fact that God loves you so much that He sent His one and only Son just for you, so that you would have LIFE.
I love it when my kids lean into me. What are some things that you need to lean into God and trust Him with?
If you could take God out for coffee, what are some of the things you would want to talk with Him about? Make a list and then talk with Him about them.