Being a pastor and a father has opened, for me, the door to new theological understandings of our relationship with God. This “door”, though, may be the cause of some embarrassment for my little girl when she gets older, so for now I am going to enjoy freedom from chastisement. So here I go :-)
The other night my wife and I were enjoying some quiet time together; talking and watching a little TV. Mayah was in the next room sleeping. Every now and then Mayah would make a little noise or a small cry but then would go back to sleep. Finally, after a while, she started crying and crying. We waited; thinking that she just lost her pacifier and that she would eventually find it and go back to sleep.
But she didn’t stop crying.
Connie finally said, “I think she lost her pacifier. One of us will need to go in.”
I quickly volunteered.
When I entered her room, Mayah was in her crib on all fours crying; pacifier in her mouth. When she saw me she raised up on her knees and reached for me. I picked her up and cradled her in my arms and she immediately stopped crying.
Her diaper wasn’t wet
She didn’t seem cold or warm
Night light was working fine
Basically…nothing seemed to be wrong except that she just wanted to be held. As I sat there in the rocking chair with my little girl; feeling content, happy and loved, I remember thinking: “I wonder if this is what God feels like when what his children want is to just be near Him.”
 “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.  Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys.  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. [Luke 12:32-34, ESV]
It is our Father’s good pleasure…yea…I like that. It was my good pleasure to go in and rock my little girl to sleep; giving her the love and security she wanted at that moment. And even more so, it is our heavenly Father’s good pleasure to do the same: to hold you in His arms and give you the kingdom.
What a Father in heaven that we have. What a treasure :-)
Don’t wait to “need” him. It is our Father’s good pleasure to hold you and love you and to give you peace whenever and wherever.
Praise be to God!
The pastor -|—