I have a great father. I remember getting ready to give a speech “Rocks in my Socks” for my school state championship in Murfreesboro, TN. As I got ready to give my speech in front of the judges, a man slipped into the background. It was my father. He had driven the 2 plus hours just to hear me give my prepared speech. It wasn’t an important speech such as given for political reasons or a valedictorian address. It was a simple “Cat in the Hat” book memorized by an 11 year old. Though the words have long since been forgotten, what was never forgotten was the fact that my dad showed up. That was never forgotten. With this act, I knew he loved me and thought that I was important.
A father’s love is hard to replace. There are so many mirages out there that try to mimic a father’s love, but the truth is, nothing does. “None of us handpicked our family members, yet God in his infinate wisdom, chose whom we would call mother, father, sister, and brother. The memories we now look back on.. . were shared with people who all along were meant to expose us to personalities unlike our own.. and to teach us.. if our eyes were open.
As we grew older, we took the things that we saw.. the things that we learned and applied them to our world outside of home.. and no matter how far we ran or how far we moved… the lessons we were taught by our fathers.. the lectures.. the needs.. never left our hearts.. they soon became our own passions.. our own lectures and our own needs..
Life flies by quickly.. the bible author James stated it clearly when he wrote ” your life is like a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away (James 4:14).” With time on no one’s side, it is imperative that we let the ones around us know how much we love them.. true love is unconditional.. and when we learn to love without conditions.. we will inhale its purest form…
love is also contagious.. and unforced.. can spread its aroma on all those we are near.. this separates us in our final days.. from those who just passed.. to those who left behind a legacy… may we all strive to love more, to forgive more, to reach out more.. to break through the barrier of being a talker.. to actually being a doer … the bible says in Psalms that a good name is better than precious ointment and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.
Our name, chosen lovingly by our parents has followed us to this day.. our father left such an impact on our lives.. as we reflect the lessons, the love, the trials.. may we be empowered to pay it forward.. to let go of the bad.. and perfume ourselves in the sheer blessing of being loved for whatever amount of time we were afforded… the scent of any perfume fades over time.. but love endures even when our time on earth comes to an end… Make sure today, you dont take love for granted and tell all those in your life… Especially your father.. .how much you truly love them
David Crowder Band sings a song called I will praise you in this storm. the lyrics are applicable today I was sure by now,God, that You would have reached down and wiped our tears away, stepped in and saved the day. But once again, I say amen and it’s still raining and as the thunder rolls I barely hear You whisper through the rain, “I’m with you” and as Your mercy falls I raise my hands and praise the God who gives and takes away
I’ll praise you in this storm and I will lift my hands for You are who You are no matter where I am and every tear I’ve cried You hold in your hand You never left my side and though my heart is torn I will praise You in this storm
May the God of love comfort all of our hearts.. and may we all surrender our hearts to a God who loves us.. despite us…