By Linda Cox
Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! Matthew 7:9-11 (NIV)
In order to supplement his farm income, Daddy drove a “big rig” for the local printing plant. One year he returned from a trip on Father’s Day weekend. He bounced into the dining room, where Mom and I were sitting at the table, and greeted “his two girls” with a big smile and two small boxes, which he casually tossed to each of us. He simply said, “It’s Father’s Day and father is giving presents.”
When we opened our gift boxes, we each found a set of beautiful diamond earrings—lavish presents, considering my parents’ finances. It was just like Daddy to give us something so special in a generous, loving, yet simple way.
Not at all unlike our Heavenly Father.
While I was blessed with a loving, generous earthly father, not all children are. Yet we all have a Heavenly Father who loves us, knows our every need, and is more than ready to give us good gifts every day of our lives. Gifts as extravagant as an amazing sunrise painting the eastern sky in vibrant colors. Or as simple as the look of love in a puppy’s eyes.
As we observe Father’s Day this weekend, may we see beyond our earthly fathers to our Heavenly Father, who gives us the best gift of all—salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ.