There are life lessons to be taught and learned as a Dad. What appears trivial in a moment with my kids, God uses as a school book for my faith. Take for instance one Saturday when I was playing baseball in the backyard with my boys. I was stoked about enjoying the sunshine and this fatherhood past time of playing catch with my sons. Fairly quickly, however, my good time slipped into frustration.
Playing catch is fun only if both participants are “catching” the ball. Both of my boys were doing fine in the throwing department. It was actually catching the ball where their skills broke down. I had been working with them on not being afraid of the baseball when I threw it their way. Their natural reaction was to fling their body away from the path of the ball making catching it near impossible. I gave encouragement, tips, pep talks, bribery and lectures: “Trust the glove! I’m not going to throw it harder than you can handle!”. I used all the tools that dads seem to pull out when they hit an impasse with their kids. Nothing was working. They were just plain scared of the ball.
That’s when God reached down in my backyard in Raleigh, NC and spoke to me:
“Nathan, you’re just like your sons. As your Heavenly Dad I’m desiring to play catch with you all the time with the future I have for you and often you’re scared of the ball. Trust Me. Trust my throw. I’m not going to throw it harder than you can handle. I’ve given you all the tools you need: a new nature, faith, the power of the Spirit and unique giftings. Trust this glove I’ve given you and let’s play some ball.”
I bowed my head recognizing it was a holy moment. I whispered a prayer, “Got it.” Needless to say, the rest of the afternoon I was much more patient with the boys.
With God’s help I’m trusting the Thrower and the glove He’s designed, knowing that faith always conquers fear.
What about you? Are there any God throws you’ve been avoiding out of fear? Has God been leading you to trust him with a new step or opportunity that seems scary because it’s unfamiliar? Let me point you to a well known scripture to pray and meditate on:
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Prov. 3:5-6)
I’m praying with you.
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