Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day. Psalm 25:4-5 NKJV
We are not left alone to find God’s path. He will guide us with His hand as we trust totally in His Word! This has been my almost daily prayer both for myself and for others.
The greatest beauty of the stream is only fully seen when it yields itself to the pull of gravity down and over the rocks. In the same way the power of God’s grace is always present yet it waits for the moment when we yield our hearts to His power!
And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. Luke 15:20
All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever… 1 Peter 1:23
If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall 1 Corinthians 10:12
Nobody falls from the valley…be careful when you get to a mountaintop!
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us Hebrews 12:1
As a child holding on to Daddy’s hand we can hold on to God trusting that it is His own mind that has laid out the course for us to run!
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
Like a moth to the flame or a bee to the flower only longing for His presence will draw our hearts directly into the center of His will!
Dad never had the chance to take me fishing or hunting. We never went to the beach together to make sand castles and he never taught me how to ride a bike. In fact I remember seeing my father only twice before my fifteenth birthday. So when we met face to face outside the courtroom where a judge decided our future, I didn’t even know who he was.
But what began that day as an experiment, ended as the deepest friendship of our lives. It wasn’t an easy road to rebuild. We couldn’t go back and form the kind of relationship that flows from just being together. Yet step by step we learned. I learned how to be his son and he learned what being a dad to a difficult teen-ager would cost him! Just six years later he was there for my wedding and the following year came to hold his first grandson. We shared picnics and church pews together as our own boys grew older. He came for every holiday or we went to share it with him and my step-mom. All the memories we never had together He shared with our two sons. He became a wonderful grandfather and then great-grandfather. On the day Dad breathed his last breath on earth and his first in heaven , we were together. It has been four years since I could no longer pick up the phone and say happy Father’s day Dad! But in heaven, at the throne of the Father of lights, I know my Dad has found a place of grace and mercy. He is seated with the Father who has never abandoned or forsaken His children. He is seeing the plans formed from eternity being worked out for all of our good. Until the day I join Him at the side of Jesus I will always be thankful for the chance I was given to spend a lifetime learning who my father was. Happy Father’s day to you Dad and Happy Father’s day to all my fellow dads who are trying to learn how to be the father that heaven planned.
Every good and perfect gift is from above coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows James 1:17