Today is my dad’s birthday. He is 78 years young.
I will call him sometime and ask him what all he has done. As Amos wrote in the Old Testament, “I am neither a prophet, nor the son of a prophet,” but I can predict with a good deal of certainty what his answer will be.
He will have gone to Gold’s Gym for an hour workout in the morning. He either will treat himself to lunch out, or my sister and niece and her two daughters will take him out. Sometime after lunch, he will have taken his little dog on a walk. His walks are 2 or 4 miles, depending on which park he chooses. The poor little dog has to keep up, although when they go to the larger park, Dad says he carries Cookie the last mile or so.
I’ve said this so many times before, but it’s still true. When I grow up, I want to be just like my dad. He’s not a pastor, but he truly is a godly man. He’s been my coach, encourager and role model. But most of all, he’s been my dad. And for that, I will forever be grateful.
My relationship with my dad has been an ever present reminder to me of the goodness of my heavenly Father. I know that not every person has had the privilege I have enjoyed. But I want you to know that God is a good Father, and that he wants the very best for you. Jesus taught that clearly in the Sermon on the Mount. He says if we know how to give good gifts to our children, “how much more will your Father, who is in heaven, give good things to those who ask him.”
That simply is a reminder of the Lord’s goodness. He cares for you, wants the best for you and will be with you no matter where you go. Life can be hard. Parents cannot take away all pain from their children. But we can stay with them. And in the same way, God does not shield us from all suffering, but he never leaves us nor forsakes us.
We can trust him. Will you do that?