TITLE: MY FATHER
By Tesiri Moweta
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“Hello Father” I said in the quietest voice I knew.
My Father looked up from His book, and as soon He saw me, light lit up in His eyes and face. He got up quickly to hug me and usher me in, all the while saying, “My dear lovable child, I love you! It’s awesome to see you, sit down, let’s have a chat.” I sat down on a huge grandfather chair opposite my Father and my Father looked at me with a broad smile on His face.
Then He said “why have you not made out time to spend with me before now? Have you been so busy?”
“Father, I’m sorry I haven’t made out time to spend with you because I have been tending to assignments you gave me in the house and that has sort of taken my time. I hardly even see myself”.
“Hmmn”, my Father said, “Too busy doing my business to be busy with me?” As I heard those words, my face fell. “No child”. I heard my Father say, “Look up!”
I raised my face up again and looked at Him. He looked at me still with a smile and nodded with His face that I should speak. I did.
“But, I don’t understand! How am I supposed to handle things? It’s impossible for me to neglect my assignments and just sit here all day with you everyday”.
“True” said my Father.
“And, I know that you don’t like it when I don’t spend time with you regularly”.
“Very true” said my Father.
“So how do I make the best of my time with you and my assignments which you have given me?” I asked looking really confused.
“Which comes first?” was what I heard. I couldn’t say anything.
“Which comes first child?” I heard again. This time I spoke.
“I think both are equally important”.
“But there is an order in everything, even in important things, is there not?” “Yes there is Father,” I said quietly.
“My child, the first thing I want from you is your presence. Do you know why?” I thought about what my father just asked and I answered, “It’s only when I’m with you that I know more about you, what to do and how to do what you want me to do.”
“Beautiful child. So which do you think comes first?”
“Spending time with you Father.” I said with a little smile.
“Good. Know it now child, the first thing I want from you is you! Then I want you knowing me and then knowing not just what to do for me but how to do what to do for me. Do you get the whole thing now?
“Yes father.” I smiled, this time broadly.
“I love you!” my Father said.
“I love you” I replied.
He came over and carried me from the grandfather chair I was sitting and gave me a big hug, which I enjoyed with much gratitude.
“Now, He said, let’s get down to the business of the day”.
“Okay!” I said delightedly.
“Today, you’re going to…” my Father talked to me about the day and by the time He was through, I felt really satisfied and content.
Don’t you think we ought to give God our hearts and ourselves before we give him our services? Well! I do.
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