Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A Child's Privilege

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.

3 comments:

one mommy said...

Great observation! Looking forward to meeting you guys at small group on Sunday as well! Morgan told us there was another family adopting from ET, and we were so excited! See you soon!

Starshine said...

Well said, love. I had the same exact thought when I looked up to see Jim's son with his arms wrapped around his waist. I know it sounds weird, but it was rather disconcerting, given the environment. I think that is why it made such an impression. I kept waiting for Jim to say, "Not now, son. I'm in the middle of something." I'm so glad that he never did. It was a "God" moment, and that probably made a greater impression than anything else I heard him say that day. :)

wordnerd said...

I struggle with Faith, ALOT....but this is the kind of thing that makes me re-think my doubts. I would want my God to be this open and this accepting of all of us.

I liked that you wrote about this.