Moments with My Father ~
A rather painful memory comes to my mind this morning as I reflect upon my Father’s Word. When my daughter was around two years old, one of her great experiences in life was spending time with her father. He made life exciting, adventurous and fun for her! One of the things they did together was go for little rides together on our motorcycle. One day they were getting ready to do such and my husband had the motorcycle all warmed up and ready. Unknowingly, my little daughter reached out and laid her little hand on the muffler of the bike which was very hot and as a result she was burned by it. Something that could have been a joy ride in life had turned out to be very painful as a result of her lack of knowledge. As I think back on that day, I wish that she could have had the foreknowledge needed to have prevented that hurt in her life. As parents, we could say that we wished we would have had more foresight to protect her, but it isn’t something that we thought about until it happened. Yikes!!! We were human and with that reality in mind, we need to extend ourselves grace as our Father does and realize that there was knowledge gained through the experience. Once we had gained that wisdom, we were able to remind her when she got close to the bike to be careful. As this memory plays through my mind, my Father reveals to me that as our Father who loves us, He desires to protect us from getting hurt in life and experience life full of joy. Because of this, He, in His perfect abilities, had the forethought to teach us about life through His written Word (the Bible) to help prevent us from the experiences of painful ways of living. If we listen to Him by the study of His Word, He says we will “live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.” It is out of His great love for us that He shares His wisdom with us for living life well. It can be a painful life that ends up burning people when His wisdom is pushed away and the choice is made to live life the hard way, on our own, living and learning. Yikes and ouch!!! It is when we heed His wisdom, abide with Him, listening to His Spirit remind us of Truths we’ve learned that our joy is complete. Given all of this, I’m thinking this child is going to seek to learn all I can from my Father’s foresight (His written Word) as I so love joy riding with Him through the gift of life. He makes life so exciting, adventurous and fun! How about you? Wanna joy-ride with our Father? Got a Bible?
Pr 1:32-33; Jn 14:26, 15:9-11; Ro 12:2; Eph 1:17-19