Sunday is Father’s Day and as we honor our earthly fathers, let’s remember our Heavenly Father. Can you remember a time when you got yourself in a bad situation, and your Dad swooped in to save the day? Maybe it was a problem at school with a teacher, or maybe you broke your favorite toy, and your dad fixed it. One of the jobs of dads is to fix things.
I remember when I was a little girl, I fell getting out of the car and landed with my face on the concrete. One whole side of my face was covered in scrapes and scratches. Although I went into the house and got patched up, I thought it would never heal. In my little mind, I thought that I would be scarred for life and that it would always hurt.
That night when my daddy came in to tell me good night, he said, “I’ll see you in the morning.” I told him that If I lived through the night that I would see him in the morning too. My dad assured me that I would and that in time my face would heal. I believed him and was able to drift off to sleep. It’s funny now, but it wasn’t then. Was I being over dramatic? Yes, I was, It was a big deal to me. My pain and fear were real. But my daddy knew the whole story. He knew that I would be alright over time.
If I had woke up the next morning expecting to be completely healed and the visible signs of my injury to be gone. I would have been very disappointed in my daddy. I knew my daddy didn’t say that I would be all better in the morning. He said that in time I would be alright and that he would be there in the morning. If we believe our earthly fathers’ words when he says that in time we will get though our troubles, why do we expect our Heavenly Father to fix our problems instantly?
I believe that God can and will fix some problems instantly for us. He has the power to heal immediately. He has the power to change our situation immediately. But, many times he works in a process giving us time to learn and grow.
We get so impatient with him and discouraged when he doesn’t give us an instant fix. We forget that our Heavenly Father has promised us in time that we will be alright and that he will see us on the other side of our troubles. When we choose to believe him, we can sleep and live in peace.
“All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times.” (1 Corinthians 1:3) (MSG)