Sunday, April 06, 2008

Our Heavenly Father

I love this story from Max Lucado's Book, Come Thirsty and I've used it in Bible studies several times. No human father will ever be perfect, but Max uses this story about a human father to reflect on our Heavenly Father's perfect love and faithfulness.

In his delightful book The Dance of Hope, my friend Bill Frey tells of a blind student named John, whom he tutored at the University of Colorado in 1951. One day Bill asked John how he had become blind. The sightless student described an accident that had happened in his teenage years. The tragedy took not just the boy's sight but also his hope. He told Bill, "I was bitter and angry with God for letting it happen, and I took my anger out on everyone around me. I felt that since I had no future, I wouldn't lift a finger on my own behalf. Let others wait on me. I shut my bedroom door and refused to come out except for meals."

His admission surprised Bill. The student he assisted displayed no bitterness or anger. He asked John to explain the change. John credited his father. Weary of the pity party and ready for his son to get on with life, he reminded the boy of the impending winter and told him to mount the storm windows. "Do the work before I get home or else," the dad insisted, slamming the door on the way out.

John reacted with anger. Muttering and cursing and groping all the way to the garage, he found the windows, stepladder, and tools and went to work. "They'll be sorry when I fall off my ladder and break my neck." But he didn't fall. Little by little he inched around the house and finished the chore.

The assignment achieved the dad's goal. John reluctantly realized he could still work and began to reconstruct his life. Years late he learned something else about that day. When he shared this detail with Bill, his blind eyes misted. "I later discovered that at no time during the day had my father ever been more than four or five feet from my side."

The father had no intention of letting the boy fall.

Your Father has no intention of letting you fall, either. You can't see Him but He is present. You are "shielded by God's power" (1 Peter 1:5). He is "able to keep you from falling and to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy" (Jude 24).
Quoted from Max Lucado's Come Thirsty

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