I have been learning a lot about being a son lately. It’s amazing how much you learn when you take a minute to step back and pay attention to what’s going on around you.
The funny thing about what I’ve been learning has hit me not as a son, but in my attempt to be a father. God is always teaching us so much about our relationship with Him through our relationships here on earth. I’ve learned the most about being a son by, honestly, by failing as a father. Or, let me say, not necessarily failing as a father, but that is certainly the case sometimes.
What do I mean?
My son loves me. I mean. He really loves me. He’s not even two, and yet, he wants to call me when I am not there. He calls out my name when I am not around. He looks for me to come take care of him. What does he know though? Why does he act like this.
I get mad at him. Yes him, the not yet two year old.
I smack his hand when he does something wrong.
I discipline at him when I get angry at something he’s done.
I have had to leave him for days at a time lately.
Yet, and yet, he calls my name. He looks for me. He calls out my name.
He calls out. my. name.
He knows that I will love him.
That I will care for him.
That I will listen to him.
That I will walk with him.
That I will forget his wrongs.
That I will love him more fiercely than I did last time I saw him.
THAT IS AMAZING. Without my saying so, he knows these things.
He takes action from this position. He makes moves from this very position.
That he is mine. That I am his.
Now, imagine that I took action from this position. The bible says’
“I will never leave you or forsake you.”
God will never leave me or forsake me. Jesus has got my back. The Holy Spirit is with me at all times.
And yet, I forget this ALL THE TIME. I forget it all the time. I am reminded today that my fathers love is good and true. I am reminded by my son, the way that he lives, that the fathers love is so good.
Today I remember that I can move boldly and without hesitation because of who my father is.
That’s so comforting right now, honestly, I can’t tell you how much I need to remember that.
I’m guessing you probably need a reminder from time to time too.