One of the most revolutionary things Jesus did was reveal God as “Father”. Where it would have seemed more appropriate to reveal God as a CEO or cosmic ruler, Jesus made sure to eliminate any possibility in our minds that God is distant from us. In fact, not only is He closer than we thought, but He cares for us just as any good father cares for his children. Though obedience is important, no good father demands a life time of compliance. Good fathers pay attention to the desires, dreams, and joys in the hearts of their kids.
Several weeks ago, the family and I were in the car on the way to have dinner with our good friends, Nick & Jackie. While we were driving, an idea surfaced in my son’s three year old brain. In a moment of silence, he chimed in from his car seat in the back, “Can we bring Jackie flowers?” At first, Megan and I looked at each other confused. Then after realizing what he said, we chuckled and and commented at how impossibly cute Noah had become.