Friday, June 15, 2012
Father's Day Thoughts
I was looking over one of my "Letters from God" that I used to write. One particular note touched my heart so much. It said "Your Father is the core of safety." And then I immediately said to myself, "the Yearling." The next line confirmed that in the letter I had referenced that particular quote. In the wonderful children's book The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, a father, mother and boy live in the Florida swamps, a very dangerous life. The boy, Jody, and his dad had just come home from a trip where they had encountered a bear and the dogs were howling and it was all chaos. At home safely that night, Jody was going over the boisterous events of the day and that's when the narrator spoke Jody's mind that even if all outside was unruly, here, close to his father, all was at peace. It wasn't the home, it wasn't the light, it wasn't even the warm covers, it was Father. I love that book for its earthiness, its simplicity, and its heart. The dad, a little man, could always use his skills to protect those he loved.
My dad was like that. He was safe and rock solid and a good man. Even if your dad wasn't like that, if you are a child of God, you have a wonderful Father who wants to protect and shelter you. He isn't even small. He is huge and omnipotent. He can do everything. He is in charge of all of nature. He carries your burdens and your heart so tenderly.
This Father's Day, I salute my dad, my husband and his dad, my son (who is a dad), my son in law who will be a dad very soon, and all of the great fathers out there. And I thank my heavenly father for being my "core of safety" from all the wild world. It is such a comfort to know He is there.
Happy Father's Day Dads!