I am one of the lucky ones. I had a great dad. Not a perfect one, but a really, really good one. One who imparted his good values and caring love to my sister and I.
There are countless stories I could tell of things my father did with us. He was a “card-carrying” Girl Scout who helped my mom as troop leader. We camped, built fires, learned knots, and worked on all badges from sewing to roller skating. He was a band parent who came to football games and sat next to the drum section of which I was in. And he didn’t even like football.
He taught me to ride a bike, play music, carve wood, appreciate art, slow dance, understand blueprints (he was a civil engineer), mow down palmetto bushes, use a camera, drive a car, pick out a Christmas tree, swim, sail…so many things. Most of all he was always so patient and loving toward me.
Unfortunately he passed away 22 years ago. A true loss to me and the world. He was a great dad.
But I have another Dad Who’s even better. He actually is perfect.
And He does everything with me. He helps me parent, cook, clean, teach, write; and we laugh together, cry together, sing together, worry together (well, I worry, He doesn’t).
And He’s taught me so many things too:
- To believe
- To trust
- To risk
- To love
Our dads in the natural are supposed to be a representation, albeit imperfect, of our Heavenly Father. God designed it that way.
So for those of you who didn’t have such a great dad like me, you have one in Father God. Let me tell you about Him. He:
- Delights in you, His eyes light up and He smiles and then starts singing over you (Zeph. 3:17)
- Loves you always and forever (Jer. 31:3)
- Has great plans for your future (Jer. 29:11)
- Made you just the way He wanted to, wonderfully (Ps.139:13,14)
I could go on and on about how much the Father loves you, in fact, there’s a really cool Love Letter from Him you ought to check out.
Looking back I think my earthly dad did a pretty good job. Thanks, Dad, for being that for me. And thank You, Daddy God, for giving him to me. You truly are a good, good Father. (Plus I think You actually like football.)