Today was a beautiful Father’s Day. My husband woke up slow and we enjoyed coffee in bed. My sermon was on point. We ate a big ol’ Sunday lunch with the family and visited my father. The weather was perfect and the fellowship was appreciated.
There was a moment of heartbreak for one of the kids. It was a situation we had not found ourselves in a while and the familiar sounds of this child’s hurt made my stomach turn. Ruined the day, right? Wrong.
Our family suited up and got to work. The little guy got a special play date, picked blueberries, and walked goats. Everyone committed to fix his pain. His daddy was there to rescue him and made sure to give him lots of one-on-one time and care. Even his sister pitched in and picked up his mess in the bedroom.
We ate steaks and the kids played board games. The day could’ve made an ugly turn, but we repositioned the sails and steered it right back to happy. Parenthood is like that, isn’t it? Life throws you the most rotten tomatoes, but the show must go on.
We didn’t tap out or decide that no good could come from the stink we had found ourselves in. We didn’t decide it was too hard to make right or try to pass on responsibility to someone else to fix it. We just did what parents do.
I’m currently listening to a little boy tell his sister how much he loves her and praising God for the volume of his laughter. My husband is reading the instructions to their new game and I am safe in the best seat in the house, my bed! My gratitude is overwhelming.
The sermon today was on not proving yourself to other people. It talked about Jesus and the many times he was tempted and pushed to show his abilities and miracles. He chose not to. He preferred not to fall into the hands of manipulators and decided not to do things just because someone else wanted him to.
I think it was pretty relevant today. It would have been easy to compare our acts to the acts of others or even attend the arguments we were begged to attend. There was a lot of temptation, but I was reminded there was simply nothing to prove.
After this, Jesus went around in Galilee. He did not want to go about in Judea because the Jewish leaders there were looking for a way to kill him.
Jesus refused to go to Judea. He went all through Galilee and even though he was begged to go to Judea, he knew Jewish leaders were plotting his death, so he simply refused. There are so many places that I have to be intentional to avoid because the only thing that awaits me is death.
Sometimes death can come in many forms. I can find spiritual death in a lot of things not of God. Sometimes the temptation can drip from the pearliest of tongues and can even seem like the best bait, but I have learned that there are places that I simply need to avoid.
By keeping both my journey and destination in my own personal Galilee, my family and I had a remarkable day. What sounds sweeter, having the last word or children having the last laugh?
I married an amazing father. He deserves a day of celebration and adoration. His children were so eager to give him gifts and explain their drawings to him. They hugged him tight. He got rest and ate like the king he is.
The only proof that was needed today was showing that man just how much we appreciate him. In this day of servitude and honor, I find myself at peace and so full of love. I think Jesus was on to something, y’all.
As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;