My daughter and I had just completed her routine appointment at the dermatologist’s office, a former resident of mine. I was present, pleased to have a brief reunion with him and to make sure I could follow up with any dermatological issues. As we exited the office, my daughter turned to me and asked, “Dad, are you busy, do you have to go back to your office?”
“Yes, I do have to go back to my office…but what’s up? Do you need me to do something?”
“Oh,“ she smiled. “I just wondered if you had time for lunch?”
Her question stopped me right in my tracks and I turned and gave her a broad grin. “Sweetheart, of course I have time for lunch with you!” And with that we both drove to one of our favorite restaurants and enjoyed a delicious meal paired with a lively conversation.
When I shared this story with two other men, both fathers with daughters, their immediate reactions were identical. Their faces melted into a broad smile and they placed their hands on their chests, over their hearts, sighing, “Oh my!” As I left my office at the end of the day, I turned to one of my employees, a father of a one year old girl and said, “Someday, I hope you will experience, with your daughter, what I just did.” Knowing smiles flashed between us as he nodded in agreement.
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!
Matthew 7:11 (ESV)
I am proud to be blessed with a wife, a son, and a daughter-all of whom I dearly love. But as many a father will attest, there is a special bond between and a father and daughter. After my daughter was born, I happily became a doting father and I would sometimes jest to family and friends, “My daughter has me wrapped around her little finger…and that’s just where I want to be!” This bond helps me to understand the perfect love that my Heavenly Father has for me. I love to shower my daughter with gifts and give her attention, how much more will God do the same for me and all believers who place their trust in Him through His Son, Jesus Christ?
God has wrapped me in His love, completely, perfectly, and eternally!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.