It’s been a while since I’ve been consistent on Sunday Seven posts and I’m really missing it, and I felt like today was the perfect day to spend some time in the Word and on my blog.
Father’s Day is such an important day, even though it’s really a made up day by Hallmark, it’s such a great way to focus on the men in our lives and how they’ve impacted us, whether it’s a father, a grandfather, an uncle, a step father, or whoever it may be. Honestly, when I was growing up Father’s Day wasn’t really a big deal to me. For most of our childhood, my dad lived in California and my sister and I didn’t go visit until later in the summer so we usually weren’t with him to celebrate, it was a card sent or a small belated gift. As time and years went on, it was still just another holiday and when I was in my early 20’s, I was too selfish to understand the importance of little holidays like Mother’s and Father’s Day anyway.
Fast forward 10 years, a teenager, toddler and two kids in between, I’m finally getting it! I have a new perspective on Father’s Day and I’m getting how it’s incredibly important to celebrate parents because this is a TOUGH job! Also, with my dad now living in Arizona, I FINALLY get to celebrate Father’s Day with him! I’m also cherishing the memories I have with the men in my and my children’s lives like their fathers, grandfathers, uncles etc, because I’m realizing just how fast time flies, and what do we have if we don’t have memories to cherish?
I’m also realizing that Father’s Day is not just a day to celebrate our dad’s here on earth, but what an incredible time to celebrate our Heavenly Father. I have to awkwardly admit (awkward because I didn’t ever really think about God on Fathers Day and I feel like I should have), this morning I woke up and the first ‘person’ I thought of was God. I wasn’t rushing to get Matt’s gifts together or to get the kids up so we can surprise him (which we did eventually of course), but I woke up and thanked God for being my Father first, before my dad here on earth. It may sound weird to some, and not to others, but I think we really should celebrate our Father who breathed life into us. It doesn’t need to be some major “act” of kindness or being perfect for the day. There doesn’t need to be some sacrifice, alter burnings or crazy rituals (please sense the Old Testament humor), because that’s not what it’s about. It’s about simply acknowledging Him and saying THANK YOU. Thank you for every breath, every lesson in life, every person in our lives (good and bad perhaps), our children, spouse, friends, and more so, thank you for YOU Lord, and your everlasting love.
In the midst of terrorism everywhere and horrible acts of violence, I know it’s so easy for people to get angry with God and it’s hard to see the big picture. But the truth is, God doesn’t want us to suffer, He wants us to turn to Him. That path of following Jesus was never promised to be easy, but it’s promised to be worth it. No matter what, God is on our side, just like our dad’s here on earth. We can disappoint them, but there’s nothing we can do that will separate us from their love, and for that alone, I thank God and I’m making it a point to tell Him this Fathers Day. I hope you can take a few minutes today and just say Thank You ♥