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.
But on second thought, we realized that our son had come up with a brilliant thought all on his own. The amazing part was that this thought had nothing to do with asking for candy, eating ice cream, or playing MarioKart. His idea had to do with giving a gift to someone else.
Looking for some reassurance, he asked us “Is that a good idea Mommy and Daddy?”
“That’s a great idea buddy. Let’s do it.”
Fortunately, there was a grocery store near where we were going that had a floral department. We went in the store and asked Noah to pick out whatever flowers he wanted, so he gravitated towards the orange roses.
“Good choice, buddy.”
After we arrived to our friends house, Noah proudly presented the orange roses to Jackie and then ran off to look for candy and play MarioKart. Jackie smiled and gladly received the gift. But we came to find out the flowers meant more to her than we knew at the time as she had just been through a tough week. It was just what she needed.
Looking back to that moment, I see that something turned in my heart when my son brought his idea to the table. It brought joy to me to see my son come alive in his own creative thought. As a father, I want him to know that when he has a creative idea that involves scheming to be generous, I will be there to support and resource his ideas. On that day, I would gladly have driven out of my way to find flowers for him. And I pray in the future I will go out of my way to show him I care about his imagination and ideas. I believe this is what our Heavenly Father does for us.
Matthew 7:8–11 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
What about you?
Do you believe the Father actually cares about your dreams and ideas?