Wednesday, June 16, 2010

A Father's Love

"Then I said to you, "Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them.  The LORD your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes,  and in the desert. There you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place." (Deut 1:29-31)

All throughout Scripture we read of God being "our Father."  I've always looked at this relationship through the lens of myself being a "son," with a Father.  On April 2nd, 2010, the day Brennan, my son was born, I took on a new perspective...that of a Father.

Today, this set of verses jumped off the page at me; specifically, verse 31; "as a Father carries his son..."  How does a Father carry his son?  Part of this answer might be in how I carry my son...

- I make sure he is supported, usually with my right arm tucked between his legs so that my hand is supporting his neck, and my arm is supporting his back

- His head then rests on my left arm
- This position enables me to look into his eyes and see his smiles, and hear his "speech"
- At times I hold him up in the air with two hands, so that he can strengthen his head/neck
- I always, always, carry him carefully, watching my steps closely so I don't trip and fall and in turn, hurt him
- At times, I have to do things he doesn't like, but things I know that are good for him to help him grow.  At times I let him cry a little, or spend time on his tummy.

- I always carry him with love...ready at a moment's notice to fight anyone to the death to protect him.  

Ever stop to think that this is how our Father carries us?  And think about this...there are many times when Brennan is crying for no reason.  Just last night, he was fussing because he was hungry.  And yet I know that in about 2 minutes he was going to get fed.  Still, he didn't know he was going to get fed and as a result, was crying.

I wonder how often I "cry" instead of "trust?"  And all along, God is saying, "don't worry, don't fuss, my 'salvation' is here for you, and I love you, and am asking you to trust and follow me."

And I wonder, if this isn't what Jesus was hinting at when He said,
"Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all." (Luke 18:17)

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