Father’s Day

Yesterday was Father’s Day. While I love my earthly father, despite his mistakes, he has not had much of a connection with me since I was a teenager. It is difficult to have a close relationship with someone who lives on the other side of the country.

I do have some good memories of him though. I used to have very long hair and I remember sitting on the floor in between my Dad’s legs as he sat on a chair and brushed my hair. My Dad was an avid sportsman and athlete and I am sure he would have loved to have had a boy to share those interests with (there was no such thing as girls’ hockey or football when I was young – just chasing dinosaurs ;P) but  we were a family of three girls. However, I do remember my Dad teaching us how to throw, catch and hit a baseball. (Unfortunately, he didn’t teach me how to duck fast enough so I ended up with a ball to the side of the head – which may explain a few things – ;P) He also taught us how to hold on to and throw a football properly so that it spiraled nicely in the air and how to catch the ball and clench it into your stomach so that you didn’t fumble it. And we learned how to stretch and properly warm up and cool down for track and field events (so that we could run after those dinosaurs!).

I suppose that my Dad was a typical father for the times – not overly involved in the rearing of his children. And I guess he did not have a good example of fatherhood, from which to learn, from his own father. During my childhood, I don’t have any bad memories of my father, but I can’t say that he really had any positive impact in my life either. However, his leaving our family when I was a young teenager has had an untold negative effect on my life, even to this day. Yet I still love him and miss him.

In the wisdom of my ‘advanced years’ (lol) I have come to understand the damage that can occur to someone when they do not have a proper father figure in their life. Blessedly, I have also come to know and understand that I have a Heavenly Father who loves me more than any earthly father could.

Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

My Heavenly Father loved me even when I was an imperfect sinner.

Eph 2:4,5 But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love with which He loved us (even when we were dead in sins) has made us alive together with Christ (by grace you are saved), …

My Heavenly Father loves me and has adopted me as His own dear child.

Eph 1:5  [God] having predestined us to the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,…

My Heavenly Father has given me an inheritance more valuable than earthly riches.

Eph 1:11 in whom [Jesus] also we have been chosen to an inheritance, …

1Pe 1:3, 4 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has regenerated us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled, and unfading, reserved in Heaven for you …

My earthly father was not around to provide for my physical needs but my Heavenly Father can always be counted upon to provide for not only my physical needs, but my mental and spiritual ones as well.

Mat 6:31, 32 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, With what shall we be clothed? For the nations seek after all these things. For your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things.

Php 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 

My earthly father left and moved to the other side of the country and in over 30 years I have probably only seen him about a dozen times. But, although I can not physical see or feel Him, I know that my Heavenly Father is always close by and that He is more than willing and able to be involved in my life.

Heb 13:5 … for He has said, “Not at all will I leave you, not at all will I forsake you, never!”

I also have the great comfort of knowing that, since I am God’s child, nothing can ever separate me from the love that my Heavenly Father has for me through Jesus Christ.

Rom 8:35 Who [or what] shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Rom 8:38, 39 For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Maybe you have not had the kind of earthly father in your life that can be celebrated on Father’s Day. However, you can have a Heavenly Father who will love you every day, no matter what, and who will be there to comfort, support, encourage, strengthen and guide you in and through all of life’s challenges. He is waiting for you to call upon Him.

Rom 10:13 For everyone, “whoever shall call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

God is waiting to be your ‘ABBA’.

Rom 8:14, 15 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption by which we cry, Abba, Father!

Blessings

P.S.:  A book that helped me to better understand God as ‘Father’ was the following: James Robison’s book, Knowing God as Father, will touch your life as you discover what a wonderful, loving Father you have in God. James tells of the joy and peace in his life as a child of God and leads you into a relationship of your own with the best Father ever.

 

(I have received no payment to endorse the above book – it was just helpful to me)

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Death of a Young Robin

Pro 27:8 As a bird that wanders from her nest, so is a man who wanders from his place.

One of the things that I love about my home is that it has a small yard with a bird-feeder and we are surrounded by trees. That makes our little spot a great area for birds to build their nests and for us to so some bird-watching. Robins are particularly plentiful here and I have watched several families with young fledglings learning how to seek out some delicious insects to snack upon.

The other evening, I noticed one young robin, who had been separated from it’s family, sitting quite close to the house. The next morning, it was in the same place. As I was hanging out my laundry, I noticed that the fledgling wasn’t moving very far. In fact, I was able to go right up to it, which is very unusual. I thought that maybe it had somehow become separated from it’s family group and that it may be hungry. As much as I love nature, I was unwilling to go down on my hands and knees in the grass to search for a juicy worm that I could pull out with my mouth and then put it into yonder hungry chick’s beak! So I decided to try casting a few bird-seeds in the robin’s general direction as it had been half-heartedly pecking at the perlite bits in my garden. Unfortunately, young birdie just blinked it’s eye and then stared at me with a “what were you thinking?” expression.

Wee birdie continued to stay put even while I was watering my flowers and it was in the path of the sprinkling water. I decided to see if I could pick up the robin to check it over to see if anything was wrong with it. There is something wonderful about holding a soft, warm, wild creature in your hand. I tenderly checked it over but could see no physical injury.

I then came up with a cunning plan. I could hear and see other young robins calling to their parents so I thought that if I put my little friend where the other robins were, it might start calling out too and get fed. I moved it to the new location and then went on with my house-work.

About an hour later, I checked on the robin only to be dismayed to see that it had flopped, head-first into the grass with it’s tail sticking way up in the air. Momma to the rescue! I ran over and gently picked it up and thinking that it might be thirsty, I tried dripping water into it’s mouth, one drop at a time. Unfortunately, it refused to drink and as I gently held that sweet little bird in my hand, I watched it’s eyes glaze over as it’s life slowly left it’s little body.

I was very sad that in spite of all that I had tried to do for the robin, it still died.

I think that God must feel very much like I did, in that despite all that He has done for mankind, many continue to live spiritually dead and to physically die in that state.

Like the baby robin who was separated from it’s parents, we have been separated from our Heavenly Father by sin.

Rom 5:12 Therefore, even as through one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin, and so death passed on all men inasmuch as all sinned:

1Jn 3:8 He who practices sin is of the Devil, for the Devil sins from the beginning.

Col 1:21 And you, who were once alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works,…

Unlike the baby robin whose parents did not seek him out to help him, our Father is actively seeking us to bring us back into His home through His son, Jesus Christ.

Luk 19:10 For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.

Young robins stick pretty close to their parent(s) and if they do get separated, the young birds have a special call that they make to call the parent bird back. My little robin made no effort or call to seek it’s parents. People are like that with God. They either never seek God out in the first place or they refuse to call on Him when they need Him.

Php 2:21 For all seek their own, not the things which are of Jesus Christ.

Act 7:51 O stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so you do. 

The baby robin refused to eat the seed that I spread before him but rather he pecked at garbage in the garden. Much of mankind also refuses to eat of the Bread of Life, Jesus Christ, whom God has set before us.

Joh 6:50 This is the Bread which comes down from Heaven, so that a man may eat of it and not die.
Joh 6:51 I am the Living Bread which came down from Heaven. If anyone eats of this Bread, he shall live forever. And truly the bread that I will give is My flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

Instead of filling themselves with something that will give them eternal life, Man fills itself with worldly garbage which brings death.

1Co 10:7 Nor should we be idolaters, even as some of them, as it is written: “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.”

The little robin was hot from having sat in the sun, but even though I dropped cool water onto it’s beak, it would not drink. People also refuse to take a drink of the Living Water found in Jesus Christ.

Joh 4:10 Jesus answered and said to her, If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that says to you, Give Me to drink, you would have asked of Him, and He would have given you living water.

Joh 4:14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst, but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

Just as I grieved the death of that robin, God grieves for those who are dead in trespasses and sins. He longs to bring us back into sweet fellowship in His family.

Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 

So don’t be like that baby robin – seek God; call out to God; eat of the Bread of Life; drink of the Living Water and you “will not die but have eternal life”!

Joh 6:53 Then Jesus says to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man, and drink His blood, you do not have life in yourselves.
Joh 6:54 Whoever partakes of My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
Joh 6:55 For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed.
Joh 6:56 He who partakes of My flesh and drinks My blood dwells in Me, and I in him.

Blessings

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