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Glimpses of God from an exasperated dad

Ok, I had a difficult day…

The eightieth time I reminded Olivia to pick up her toys. The umpteenth time I had to tell the girls to stop arguing about how many My Little Ponys each was sharing (Hattie was upset about how many Olivia had, though according to an impromptu pony census, Hattie’s herd actually numbered greater.) Don’t even get me started about the copious amount of oatmeal that had made it to the kitchen floor under their chairs, practically requiring a pneumatic hammer to chissel clear.

ENOUGH!!

It was close enough to naptime that I sent them to separate rooms… they truly needed the rest & I needed the break.

As the quiet of the house helped lower my blood pressure & my primitive fight/flight response was replaced by more reasonable thought, it made me very aware of how little patience I actually had with my girls… especially when they started behaving like normal 5 & 3yr olds. By extension, it made me extremely appreciative of God’s patience with me, especially when I start behaving like a… well, a normal, flawed human being incapable of living a God-pleasing life apart from His grace.

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Trust

 

My baby girl's first day of kindergarten. Jen and I are already racking up parent points… we knew we were in the wrong place when Olivia's teacher started her class, we looked around and realized we were the only parents still in the room.

Oops. We'll be leaving now…

I know an endless stream of dads have been in my shoes, so my experience is far from unique. It'd be easy to worry… will she make friends, will she be teased, are the adults surrounding her trustworthy? The list is practically endless. I want to be there for my girl. I want to share in her new experiences, as well as protect her from harm.

With tears in my eyes, it's hard to articulate how precious she is to me. I'd do anything to shield this little one who hugs me tight and whispers, “I love you, daddy.”

As much as I'd like to, I know realistically that I can't. Over the course of her life, it's impossible for me to spare her from every illness & injury, every family crisis, every bully, every careless driver, etc. Last night, stroking Olivia's hair as she slept, I asked God to watch over my little girl. I know He loves her, delights in her more than I'm capable of understanding.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT

Have a great day at school, sweetie. Your daddy loves you so much!

 


Faith

I bought a motorcycle helmet.

I don't own a motorcycle.

I haven't even taken a motorcycle safety class, gotten my permit or license yet…

… but I bought a helmet. Really nice one, too. 🙂

I'm believing that next year I'll purchase a motorcycle and ride it to work, saving a lot of money in gas each month. I believe it strongly enough that I'm choosing to take active steps in that direction – bought a helmet, registered for a class so I can get my license, have planned the financial process necessary to save by next spring.

Faith requires action.

How many times do we sit on our duff, stuck in our “waiting on God” rut, surprised that nothing's happening?

Sometimes we can work toward something, sometimes all we can do is pray.

Sometimes we may not like or understand God's answer.

Faith.

 


Perseverance

 

If you've been following thedavewave lately, you've probably put 2+2 together and have deduced by the photo that this post is about running. Well, yes and no. God's been teaching me some things as I head deeper into my fourth week of training for my first 5k run.

To some degree, I'm sure all of us have something we'd like to change about ourselves – our spiritual life, our weight, our job, our relationships, etc.

“I'd like to _________.”

Really? How bad do you want it? Are you willing to work for it? Are you willing to push through the stretching, the pain that comes with lasting change?

For me, God is challenging me to draw even closer to Him. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” (Dt 6:5 NIV) I remember doing a word study on this verse years ago and the Hebrew word for “strength” literally means to the point of pain. That sure sounds like giving your all.

I was into bodybuilding many years ago and I remember after a session of supersets for my legs I could hardly make it up our stairs at home – had to literally pull myself up the hand rail. I overdid it that day, but I wanted the results. I had my eye on the prize & I was willing to push myself to get there. Walked funny for almost a week!

Here I am, 25 years later and I'm running. I hate running! It's hard work, my muscles cry for me to stop, but I'm fixed on my goal – better physical condition, weight loss… and that cool hooded sweatshirt you get for running all 5 events of the Winter Running Series. If I drop out now, I guess I didn't really want beneficial change in my life, and they don't award that sweatshirt for good intentions.

Spiritually, I want to be like the Apostle Paul – “I don't know about you, but I'm running hard for the finish line. I'm giving it everything I've got. No sloppy living for me!” (I Cor 9:26 MSG) My prayer? God, give me the perseverance to draw closer to You, to honor You, obey You, trust You more than I ever have. As difficult as the journey may be, the eternal prize is worth it.

 


What a night!

As I’m thinking of the title I just wrote, I realize it could set a negative tone. To the contrary, it’s been a good night, finished with a 1 1/2 mile run under an incredibly bright full moon & a skyful of stars. Add to that the fact that it’s January, I’m running at 11:30pm and it’s a balmy 36 degrees…just a beautiful night to be outside. As I was finishing the last quarter mile, I slowed down a bit to watch the wispy cirrus clouds drift overhead, bright silver in color as they’re back lit by the moon.

What a night!

“But the basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can’t see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of his divine being. So nobody has a good excuse.” Romans 1:20 The Message


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