Most of you who knew my
Dad, knew that he did not believe automobiles should come equipped
They were simply not needed
most of the time, especially when it came to driving over pot
holes in the road. He would drive right over them, never braking
or slowing down.
Our bones were thoroughly
rattled by the time we reached our destination. I remember asking
Dad one day, as we were out driving, what those holes he kept
hitting so often were called.
He laughingly told me they
were called "Chug Holes". I very seriously responded to his answer
with the very best 4 year old query of my own, "Daddy is that
where Chugs live?"
My father loved to tell
this story often, much to my teenage years' embarrassment, but
now I can think back on it and chuckle, because I recognize that
same attitude I had for my Dad, was one my children have now for
my husband and myself.
I believed everything my
Father told me, when I was young, as my children now believe me,
when I tell them something. I believed my Father would tell me
the truth of a matter, always, and right up until his death, if
I asked Him his opinion on what he felt was the right thing for
me to do in certain situations, he would tell me.
He was almost always right.
All my children have to know
is that if Mommy or Daddy
said it, then it would be so, no ifs, ands, or buts. I have known
children to get into fights over statements their Father had made
I had total faith in my
Father and in his ability to take care of and provide for me no
matter what obstacle might rear it's ugly head to challenge this
faith. Dad knew that I had faith in him, too, and he never let
I know it's so easy to tease
our youngsters and tell them that the color purple is really brown,
or that a cow is really a horse, or some such nonsense, and have
them to believe it. But what happens when they find out that Dad
or Mom has let them down? Everything Mom or Dad said wasn't true...
It is sometimes quite disturbing for smaller children to realize
that Mom and Dad aren't quite perfect. We're still a 'work in
progress," as the popular slogan states.
Children do not recognize
'works in progress" unless it's themselves. And if they find out
that being a work in progress is an excuse, we'd better look out!
We don't want a 'work in progress God, either"!
When we have a problem,
we want answers from our God, right now! Answers from our God
that knows exactly what we need and how to help us and when best
to give it to us.
Yes..., I really thought
my Dad could walk on water! It will be my great pleasure to one
day watch him do that very thing!
In the meantime, since my
physical father has died, I must rely on my Spiritual Father.
He has left me His Word to rely upon. Can I really 'bank" on what
Do I have absolute faith
that God means what He says? Will He keep every word of His Word
as the truth?
The Bible says that God
will never leave us, and he will never forsake us. Joshua 1:5
states "No one will be able to stand against you all the days
of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will
never leave you nor forsake you."
The Bible also says that
God is the same yesterday and forever.
We should believe our Heavenly
Father. He has left His Word with us to get to know Him better.
Do we take His Word literally, and believe every word just exactly
as He says? All too often, I have inserted my own "opinion" of
what I thought He said, or swayed the verse in my favor by reading
more into it than what was really there!
All too often when a man
says his word is as good as his bond, we should get the bond instead.
But God is not like that. He is faithful.
Psalm 28:7 reads: The Lord
is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am
helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to Him in
I take great comfort in
knowing that my God, the Father will be there for me, and no matter
what situation I find myself in, He will be there.
John 6:35-40 I am the bread
of life, He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes
in me will never be thirsty. But as I told you, you have seen
me and still you do not believe. All that the Father gives me
will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.
For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the
will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent
me… that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise
them up at the last day. For my Father's will is that everyone
who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life,
and I will raise him up at the last day.