Last Sunday, I caught sight of an unexpected connection between father and son. Jim, my senior pastor, was teaching the new members class at my church. While he was speaking, I looked down at my notes for a moment and then looked up, only to be mildly startled by what I saw. My pastor's youngest son (age 9) had wrapped himself around his dad's waist. Without flinching, Jim continued teaching, placing his left arm around his son. It was a heartwarming sight. Withough the slightest bit of hesitation, Jim's son had quietly barged into the room, marched up front, and embraced his father, completely unaware of a child's privilege to interrupt a meeting and steal moment of connection with his dad.
I can't help but think that this is what God offers to each of us who call him father. We can "come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4:16). We don't have to be afraid of rejection. We don't have to wait for the "right moment." We don't have to wonder if he will push us away. We just have to come.