It occurred on a slide at Dairy Queen. My youngest daughter and I had just finished lunch when we thought it was a good idea to check out the playground equipment. I had fun, at least until IT happened.
“If she can do it so can I!” I reasoned as I watched my 8-year-old go UP the curly slide.
Following her lead I got about halfway up when I came to the conclusion I did not have on appropriate shoes for “slide-climin’.” Thinking I had made the right decision I began to turn around when, suddenly, my feet went out from under me and I came down on the edge of the slide…on the edge of me!
Well, naturally I slide on down to the bottom. After getting on my feet I stood there trying to regain the breath that had been knocked out of me.
“You O.K. daddy?” called my daughter. Looking up at her I managed to wheeze out…”I-I’m kinda hurtin’ a little, but I’m O.K.” Isn’t it amazing what a man will say even when he feels like he’s dying? My bruised ribs reminded me of my not-so-smart choice for several weeks.
This “little” incident got me to thinking about a father’s love and how I’d do it all over again for my daughter. Even at the risk of someone thinking it was a silly way to get hurt I was still WITH her.
If you’re a parent then you know what I’m talking about. Even though our love for our children is great how much more does our Heavenly Father love us!
“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the children of God.” -I John 3:1
Knowing how much I love my kids, even to the point of dying for them, our Heavenly Father’s love is a million times greater for us, His children. All we have to do is take a look at the cross to see the proof and the power. He loves us so much it hurts and living in this love will make anyone have a great New Year! Just do it, you’ll be glad you did.