This past Sunday was also Fathers Day. Roaming about on Facebook I noticed an unfortunate number of folk commenting on their love for a father now deceased. I too have been among those ranks for most of my life. My father passed away shortly after suffering his third heart attack just three days past my sixteenth birthday.
Having no siblings I was quickly designated “man of the house” as mom and I struggled to redefine our lives. Now with no earthly father I pressed in more deeply to my heavenly Father. I found Him in prayers, in scripture, and in my father’s notes and legacy. In time I found Him also in other godly friends, showing me how to fix a lawnmower, learn to drive… and at work in me as I learned to give more of myself to Him.
There’s a popular Christian song these days which testifies in worship to God, “You’re a good, good Father. It’s who you are, it’s who you are…” Good fathering is not just a thing God does, it’s something He is. He made man in His Image in part so that they to could aspire to good fathering. Without His Image, marred though it now is, man would have no hope or knowing of good fatherhood.
And who are you?
There is good theology in those lyrics, for they continue “And I’m loved by you. It’s who I am, it’s who I am…”
One day all this world will be over. The New will be come. The kingdoms of this world will have become the Kingdom of our Lord… and he will reign for ever and ever (see Rev. 11:15). We will no longer look as through a glass darkly, but we will see all things clearly (see 1 Cor. 13:12). We will be transformed. Mortality will be no more, only the new immortality (see 1 Cor. 15:53). We will be that for which God has taken hold of us (see Phil. 3:12). We will see Him as He is (see 1 John 3:2).
Who are you to be a part of this eternal scene? Nobody special by this world’s standards. But by the Father’s, you are most precious indeed. This perfect Father made you, formed you, loves you. Yes, you are loved by the good, good Father. It’s who you are, and it’s all you need ever desire to be.
Happy Fathers Day!