Dads are usually good at fixing things. We often see them tinkering over a broken down lawn mower or under the hood of a car with a handful of tools and dirty fingernails. They may not always know what they’re doing, but there is an ingrown ability to get to the root of a problem and try to find a solution. There are some things that just can’t be fixed by a human dad – like a broken heart, the sadness of depression, the longing for inner peace.
Imagine what our Heavenly Father experiences each and every day and night as His children come to Him with their prayers. “Give me strength, give me wisdom, give me peace, give me joy.” Gimmee, gimmee, gimmee! Multiply this by billions and it must sound like the annoying sound of a leaking faucet.
God isn’t like us. He’s encouraged me to come to Him with all my needs and concerns, but as a parent myself, I know it isn’t easy to hear a child’s constant asking over and over again. It’s like that nagging drip, drip, drip which we simply cannot fix.
For God, who is all powerful, all knowing and always present, it’s a piece of cake. After all He created the world, all that is in it and all the universe with its contents. He didn’t even need a blueprint. So when we come to Him with our needs and prayers, He’s glad. He loves us more than we know and has promised to answer our petitions.
He may not always give in to all our hopes and dreams, like an earthly father might just to keep his children quiet. God will takes care of them as He sees fit, with our best interests in mind. He knows what’s best for us and His plan includes salvation and eternal life for us.
As we look forward to Father’s Day this week, don’t neglect saying thank you to our Father, God. He knows us inside out. He loves us in spite of our human nature. He is consistent in His discipline as well as His love. He never falters. He’s always there.
“But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter;
we are all the work of your hand.” Isaiah 64:8