I am a father many times over, blessed with multiple children, all with children of their own. While other dads seem far better at fatherhood, I am still making progress, learning to steer through the constant changes through which a family passes. God’s gift to me? The forgiveness and mature counsel of my family and friends. The other great gift to me is my own sons and son-in-law. They are, to the man, very, very good fathers. Lord God, you are Father of All, thank You for being the perfect example of fatherhood.
John Bunyan’s “The Pilgrim's Progress from This World, to That Which Is to Come” is an allegory written while he was imprisoned for his Christian beliefs. Until we reach the Golden Gates of Heaven we must progress in our walk of faith here on earth. Each time I think I understand God’s ways and means He turns the diamond and new facets of His splendor emerge. For the true believer there is no spiking the ball in the end zone on this side of Glory; there is no settling down where we are in this life. Not only am I tolerant of this constantly changing status, I am genuinely thankful for it. I am being pulled toward eternal purpose that I cannot fathom but I instinctively know awaits me. So I’ll keep my shoes on until it’s over. Lord, though I struggle in Your arms, You never let me go. Keep me moving toward Your perfect will. Help me never miss a turn or stop unnecessarily. Keep me progressing toward Your perfect will.