I know we have a big day today. It’s Saturday, a fresh new day with loads of excitement. Chances are I’ll be taking my kids to the park or some other activity. We’ll pull up, we’ll get out and I’ll say, “alright, go play!” They’ll run off. Eventually one will tease the other, or one will shove the other. Or the little one will be running and trip. With all that can happen, I know I’ll be staying attentive to what’s going on, and overall have control over the situations they may face.
Even if there’s an accident, I’ll be there to receive them with open arms. I am their Father, and although I have given them some control in the form of the free will to play and make choices while experiencing life on that playground, nothing will really be outside of my control because I am there always looking over them, and it is was my choice to let them experience the park in the first place. At the park, there may even be that grumpy kid there, and he may hit one of my kids. But that won’t cause me to leave the park early or stop taking them to the park, they’re still so young. And if something bad does happen, my child may even get the thought to blame me for this saying, “Why did you let it happen to me Dad?” But I will never stop loving my child. While they are young, I will not remove their free will to play at the park and be social on the account of fear. There is no fear in love, and I love my children, and I will always be with them. And if something bad actually does happen and if worse comes to worse, I’ll always be there to receive my children with open arms. I’ll hold them, hug them tight and wipe away every last tear.
I am their Father and I will always be with them.
Through this story I share some of the similarities between being a Father, and the love of our Heavenly Father. I know that while we are here “at the Park”, things can happen. I am thankful our Father is one who remains in full control over every situation that may happen, and is always one who receives his children with open arms.
Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.