There is something very exciting and rewarding to see a father holding his first-born child for the first time.
Sometimes, it seems like the father is carrying a bag of potatoes and everybody is saying “keep the head and neck up.” Over a short time, the father and child mould into a comfortable pattern and the voices of concern about the head and neck diminish.
The father carries the child until the crawling and walking stages in their life but even then, from time to time the father carries the child in his arms when the child is overtired, not feeling well, needs attention.
Moses shares with the Israelites after they crossed the Red Sea, journeyed through the wilderness, and, being prepared to cross the Jordan River to possess the promised land, of how the Lord carried them (600,000 men, not including the women and children) as a man carries his son.
The Good News for us is how our Heavenly Father carries us in our journey of life even if we are not aware of it. It is during the time of brokenness, sickness, our deep valley time, feeling abandoned, feeling unloved and feeling unable to carry on that somehow, He grabs hold of us, somehow He carries us, somehow He lifts us up, somehow He opens the critical door for us at just the right time.
As fathers celebrate Father’s Day, know that we have a Father that loves us, has purpose for our lives, promises to never leave us or forsake us, promises to forgive us, promises to walk with us in our journey of life and as we turn to Him He promises us eternal life.
In Deuteronomy are the following words from the Lord to the Israelites that are of value today, for fathers and children, which are worth noting:
“Be careful to follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may live and increase and may enter and possess the land that the Lord promised on oath to your forefathers. Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years to humble and test you in order to know what was in your hearts, whether or not you would keep His commands. He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years. Know then in your hearts that as a man disciplines his son, so the Lord your God disciplines you."
There is so much in there for fathers and children. Obedience, fathers keep your promises, teach children humility, testing has a purpose, follow the ways of the Lord, a father's faithfulness, the value of discipline, and most of all our hearts.
Have a great Father’s Day.
John Grady lives and writes in Fort St. John.
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