Where have you been? Where are you going? And why?
Hello. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Ours was full of family, laughter, and many thoughtful gifts. One of mine was this Palm Treo phone. I don’t need it, but I love it. My dad gave it to me. But to tell you that does not do the story justice. You see, a number of Christmases back my father bought me a cheap little black-and-white Palm pilot. I played with it all morning long. The next year he brought me shopping to pick out a top-of-the-line Pocket PC. Though I knew what I was getting, he would not let me touch it until Christmas. He absolutely delighted to watch me play with it while everyone else opened presents. That Pocket PC lasted me three or fours years. Each year though, he asks if there is anything electronic he can buy for me. This year I let him. Because my dad is overjoyed to see me happy.Last blog I suggested that dealing with the circumstances of life has everything to do with our interpretation. Along my journey, many people have contributed to my perspective. These interpreters have helped shape the conclusions I make about life. In any given person’s life, I don’t believe anyone has more influence than the father.
The Bible describes God as Father. I have an intuit sense of this thanks to experiences like this Christmas. I know what it means not only to have a father delight in me, but one overjoyed to bless me. Luke 12:32 gives a glimpse into the Father’s heart. Jesus says, “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
Jesus knew His Father. He knew it was essential to hear the Father’s delight in Him (see Luke 3:21-22). Now it makes sense to me why he would want to pass it along to us. Something so wonderful as a father’s delight moves us to desire to pass it along to others. But before we pass it on, just like Jesus, we must enter in and know the Father’s heart for us.