My son, Gabriel, started walking when he was about 12 months old. Once he realized the view he had from up there and how much faster he can get around on two, there was no stopping him. One day, we were playing in his room when he heard the familiar sound of keys rattling outside the front door. He quickly got up and ran as fast as those little legs could take him. Thump, thump, thump went those cute bare feet down the hall, just in time to meet Daddy walking through the door. With arms wide open and a crazy happy smile, he greeted Daddy. That was my husband’s first “welcome home from work” from our little boy, and it just melted him.
I wonder if we greet our Heavenly Father with the same joy and enthusiasm. At one year old, Gabriel’s world was simple, and the two constant people in his life were Mommy and Daddy. Today, my husband will receive the hugs and kisses when he gets home from work … sometimes. I’ve noticed there are times when my two older kids become so engrossed in whatever activity they are doing, they won’t even notice their dad’s arrival. Perhaps our devotion to our Father has been invaded by various distractions as well. When I first became a Christian over 20 years ago, I was like baby Gabriel, eager to meet with my God. Now, my mind and my days are filled with seemingly endless tasks, thoughts, and concerns that can take my attention away from my Lord. It’s no wonder Jesus exhorted us, “Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it” (Mark 10:15).
On this Father’s Day, as we honor our fathers, who have cared for us, provided for our needs, and lovingly led us, let us also remember our Heavenly Father, who has provided for our greatest need by sending us His Son, Jesus Christ, to save us from our sins.
To all the fathers, grandfathers, fathers-to-be, and spiritual fathers, I greet you a Happy Father’s Day!
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