The Apostle Paul makes a wonderful prayer request in Ephesians, chapter one, verse eighteen. He asks God to so gift those Christians that the “eyes of their hearts might be enlightened. There’s a difference between knowing and knowing, if you “know” what I mean. I knew what fatherhood was before I became one. It was a matter of falling in love with that special girl, getting married and then planning for children. I read the Bible and other books on the subject. I thought about being ready spiritually, financially, and emotionally. I prayed. I knew about fatherhood. I was ready. (Yeah, right!)
Then came the day they placed our firstborn son in my arms. It was an “aha” moment I will never forget. My son was in my arms, and my confidence was out the window. I was overwhelmed by a feeling I can’t describe to this day. Life changed forever. I thought I knew what it meant to be a father. And I did, on a certain level. But actually, I knew almost nothing until that moment. I have never been the same since. That “aha” moment has led to countless others. God has never ceased teaching, inspiring, and blessing me through my three children…and now through their three wonderful marriage partners…and now, also, through my two beautiful granddaughters (not to mention the two grandchildren on the way this year).
Before my children came, I knew that God wouldn’t quit on me. After my children came, I knew that He couldn’t quit on me…just as I could never quit on my own children. God multiplied my conception of love by giving me children. How often I would gladly think, “Aha, God, so You love me that much. I get it now. And thank You…thank You so much!”
I was just now wondering…if you can stay for a while…would you tell me about one of your “Aha” moments? It’s okay if it has to do with your precious children. I will love reading about them or about whatever it is you share.
By the way…did you know that you are God’s beloved? It’s true…it’s really true! I love you too. God richly bless you and Jesus give you peace in your believing.