It was so tiny. When did my little boy fit into the child-size, Home Depot apron with his name “Zach” written in Sharpy? It is amazing the types of things that can be found in the nooks and crannies of a garage desperately in need of a cleaning. “Manny” as I liked to call when, especially when it seemed he was a “mini me” of Greg, enjoyed being a big guy; doing projects at the Home Depot.
Like a little child looking up to the father that he sees as perfect, Jesus encourages us to do the same by His model. “…I do nothing on my own, but speak just what the Father has taught me.” John 8:27 NIV
My dad was a strong, very dependable man. Though I came from a family of eight, I never once worried about where we would live, what I would eat, or what I would wear. My dad worked two jobs to make sure that was all taken care of. He was gone much of the time because of his responsibilities. He was quiet and reserved, yet not passive.
They say our concepts of God come from the way we view our daddies. Maybe that is why I have never struggled with depending on God. Worry has never been my way. I always feel confident that things will work out. On the other hand, maybe that is also why I have sometimes struggled for attention. Working hard just like my dad.
Thank you, Lord, for good fathers. Thank you, too, for fathers who are not so perfect. If they had been, maybe there would not be such a desperate needs in our hearts for You.
How about you? How do you think your relationship with your father has effected your relationship with the Father? I’d love to hear your thoughts.