Here it is - I was wracking my brain for a true-life parable for June and Fathers' Day, and George (bless his bumpity heart) just dropped this in my lap. What a delight!
"Inkpen," the word that writer-friend George Parler uses to identify himself on Internet forums, recently posted a sweet anecdote on Facebook. Since his true story reminds me of so much Scripture about our wonderful Heavenly Father's care for us, I asked him if I could pass it along to you readers.
So, with his kind permission, here it is (edited for typos):
I had a very aggravating day. At the end of it I had to stop by my daughter's house for a moment. I was met at the door by my grand kids of which my 17-month-old grand daughter, Zoey, was in an obvious fussy mood.
There was a slow song playing on the CD player in the living-room. I reached down and picked her up and began to slow dance with my grand daughter. We floated to the melody across the living-room floor. It wasn't long until she rested her head on my shoulder. I could feel the tension leave her. By the end of our little dance she was mellowed into peace.
I left her in her mother's arms and headed home, but while driving down the road it occurred to me that she wasn't the only one who was rescued from the stress of the day. Thank God for the little things that become the most important. (George Parler, used with permission)
"As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him. (Psalm 103:13 ESV) But now, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand." ---Isaiah 64:8 ESV
"If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!" ---Matthew 7:11 ESV
"Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven." ---Matthew 18:10 KJV
"No one can come to me (Jesus) unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. It is written in the Prophets, 'And they will all be taught by God.' Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me...." ---John 6:44-45 ESV "But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, [even] the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me...." ---John 15:26 KJV
He brought me to the banquet hall. His banner over me is love. ---Song of Songs 2:4 HNV For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, "Abba! Father!" Romans 8:15 ESV