May 2, 2013 by Isaac Hovet
Creak. Soft step. Pause. Creak.
It is early, before the prescribed 7am wake up call, and my son is creeping down the stairs.
I am in the living room. My coffee is already cool, my bible has been read. I am taking some moments to be with my Father. This morning, I am hearing his loving voice speak, “I love you son.” My heart actually listens and receives his words today.
I have been stilled. My neediness is apparent to me today. I have been open to His voice. I’ve sat close to The Lord today.
I lean into Him.
My son waits in the shadows of the stairwell. Cautiously he peers around the corner.
I warmly greet him and invite him to come. He is out of bed too soon, but he is like me. He desires, needs and loves to be with his father.
We sit together. I hug him. I often hug him. I take his head in my hands and pull him to my chest. I invite him to lean into me.
I have been around enough to know from study and experience that people’s perception of God is shaped largely by their earthly-father experience.
dadGod want to be with me?
dadGod correct me harshly?
dadGod forgive me?
dadGod respect who I am?
How I respond to God and how I emulate his Father’s heart will have a deep, real and lasting impact in my son and his relationship with God.
I hope to peer around a corner one day to see my son with his true Father: feeling safe, secure and loved.