Happy Father’s Day to all Fathers out there. It’s a privilege to be a Father and watch your children grow. Fathers give courage to children given the assurance of protection and care. Children would do anything when they know they have the backing of their dads. Children are known to almost attempt anything without fear and the courage with which they face life is admirable. I still remember some of the risky moves I tried as a child given the several scars that I have to show for it. Many times when I got injured I would try to hide it because the parents and guardians would work on it ‘mercilessly’. If there was no surgical spirit, salt will be applied on the wound and the pain was searing. This reminds me how our Heavenly Father works on us when we encounter the hurts of life. Like children, many are the times we fear telling God as it is for fear of being reproached. The account of Simon Peter walking on water is a good example. The adventure must have been a thrill for him until he started sinking. Peter did not try to put on a bold face or assume everything was okay. He did not pull out those stunning swimming moves he had learned when fishing. He decided to be vulnerable in the presence of his Lord and cried out, ‘Lord am perishing’. As we celebrate Father’s Day today, let us remember that the best place we can be ourselves is in the presence of our Heavenly Father. We should not just drown because we want to prove a point nor should we hide our wounds. Although Jesus rebuked Peter for his lack of faith, he did not allow him to drown. He was saved because he was real and authentic with God. Where are you trying to put a face behind pain? Where are you drowning and you are busy trying to swim? Where are you suffering in silence instead of telling God as it is? The Scriptures says that God loves truth in the inward parts. Let us learn to be real and authentic in God’s presence. He may apply some spiritual salt to our wounds but guess what, we shall not drown!
“Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live!” Hebrews 12:9 NIV
Last modified: June 21, 2020