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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

What Dads Can't Do...

From a children's book about dads and kids,entitled What Dads Can't Do by Douglas Wood, illustrated in charming renditions of cute, huggable dragons. Here's little sampling:

"There are lots of things that regular people can do but dads can't.
Dads can't cross the street without holding hands.
They can push, but they can't swing.
When dads play hide and seek they always get found, but they have a hard time finding you.
Dads really need to be kissed goodnight at bedtime.
It's a wonder they make it through life at all!"

I especially like the hide and seek part because of how God reveals himself to us. On one hand, he hides from us; on the other, he makes himself very obvious to those who are truly seeking him. If you seek the Lord with all your heart, finding him will be a little like finding a big dinosaur-sized dragon hiding behind a palm tree. This is one of the reasons why people who see the reality of God in their lives and in their world can't understand why everyone can't see what they see. To them it is so entirely obvious, but to those who are not “in the game,” God and truth remain shrouded.

Now I know it's heresy to imply that there is something God (as Dad) can't do, but in one case I suggest this is true. He can't let everyone know who he is in order to uphold the integrity of the human beings he has created in his image who choose not to have him in their life. In a sense, you could say God has upheld the dignity of those who won't believe. If God were like a dinosaur-sized dragon hiding behind a palm tree for everyone, you would be a fool for not believing. As it is, you are a fool for believing because something not obvious to most people is obvious to you. The faith that God gives believers, through their ability to see and hear him, is strong enough to counter looking like a fool.

I think the lesson here is to make sure we give people the dignity God gives them. That is, the freedom to choose not to believe.

Jesus spoke in parables to hide the truth, and then said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” The implication being: Some people have other things to do with their ears than listen for God. Jesus never berated people for not believing, he just kept encouraging those who did.(J. Fischer)

Happy Father's Day to all!!

Verse-Meal
Deuteronomy 4:29
But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul.(NIV)

7 Comments:

At 8:47 PM, June 13, 2006, Blogger racky said...

alles gute zum vatertag!

 
At 5:24 PM, June 14, 2006, Anonymous agring said...

Happy father's Day to you!
Have a blesed week..
Lumipat na pa ako dito.

 
At 7:39 PM, June 14, 2006, Blogger Godzheart said...

I liked what J Fischer said " Jesus never berated people for not believing, he just kept encouraging those who did." We should do like Jesus, and encourage who are in the faith and help new people to see what we see, through our behaviour.

God Bless

 
At 12:00 PM, June 17, 2006, Anonymous malaya said...

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY, FLEX J!

 
At 8:23 AM, June 18, 2006, Blogger lil _kath said...

Happy Father's Day FJ...stay blessed ^_^

..enjoy weekend too!

cheers,
-kathy-

 
At 7:55 AM, June 19, 2006, Blogger Ka Uro said...

it is truly amazing how man only sees what he likes to see and believes only what he wants to believe. no matter what God does to reveal himself, for a non-believer no proof is enough. they always want more. the reality is that our senses are not enough to prove the existence of God.

belated happy father's day to you.

 
At 6:52 PM, June 23, 2006, Anonymous bingskee said...

belated happpy father's day to you. fj!

i like how it was portrayed with the dinosaur. true, many still refuse to believe even if God made it obvious His presence.

God bless you!

 

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