The love of the Father from the perspective of a father

Like I had mentioned the other day this is something that has been on my mind a lot recently. We have been talking about it a lot recently but even before that the love of the Father has been on my mind.

There is something about being a Dad that makes you realize the love of the Father in a greater fullness. I also have to say that this is sort of a double whammy for me because my dad is the best dad in the universe (I know you all think yours is). Really though I have modeled a lot about myself after my dad. At the same time Im modeling myself after the LORD. But, this post isn't really about me or how great my Dad is that is for another day.

So the question is, what about being a dad makes me think I have a greater grasp on how the Father loves?

First, I don't know what it is about seeing that little goo covered being that is part you and part the person you love more than anything for the first time, but it is sort of surreal, emotional, and unexplainable all at the same time. You have no idea who your child is or who he is going to be but you already love him with this kind of love that is unexplainable. Its like this feeling that you would do anything in the world for your child no matter what the cost.

Second, as a dad you feel the pain of your child. No, when Levi falls and scrapes his knee I don't literally feel it but I do feel for him. The greatest example of this happened in the midst of all his ear infections. If you don't already know Levi had, at last count, 8 ear infections between January and may when he got his ear tubes put in. I think this was the first major one he had, let me set the scene for you all. The night before this happened we had taken Levi to the Emergency Room because he had been screaming none stop, I dont meen a whimper I mean a blood curdling scream like no other scream you have ever heard in your life. The Doctors there said that he had Colic, which I though was a bit fishy considering he had never had it before but they are Doctors right? Long story short It wasn't colic (who would have thought). The next morning was just as bad as the night before so we took him to urgent care. Lo and behold he had a massive ear infection. I should add that by this point He had been crying for like three days straight. It was during this time that I realized the Love of the Father. As I stood there in the Urgent Care room holding my 7 Month old son while he is screaming uncontrollably I began to cry, Im not a big crier, but even know im feeling the water works just thinking about it. This wasn't a little cry this the was the shoulders shaking ugly cry. But in that moment I realized that the Father feels for us just like I feel for my son when he is in helpless pain. When we are hurting the Father feels our hurt just like I feel my sons and my wife's.

Third, and last for now, I realized this the other day when Levi took a digger while he was walking around outside; have you ever seen a little kid fall down and hurt himself? Do you notice how instinctively they look up for their parents to help them. When Levi fell he did just that, he looked up for me and did a "DA DA DA". Here is the issue we face as adults we have forgotten that when we fall we can look up and say "DA DA DA" and the Father is there to help us. Instead of waiting for the father to swoop us up into his arms and make our pain go away we stand up, brush off our knees, and keep walking. But in all reality everything the Father is about is grabbing us up and helping the pain go away.

Even as I sit here tonight I am trying the fathom the Love of the Father. I know as much as I love my son He loves us all so much more than that. Really I cannot comprehend a Love any bigger than I have for my Son and Wife. So to say that God loves us so much more than that is crazy to me, but it is true.

I don't know about you but I want to experience the love of the Father more that I am now. Even know I am learning things from my Son, as I live life as a father im learning how The Father Loves. I am going to leave you with the lyrics from the song "How He Loves" by John Mark McMillan.

He is jealous for me,
Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree,
Bending beneath the weight of his wind and mercy.
When all of a sudden,
I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory,
And I realize just how beautiful You are,
And how great Your affections are for me.

And oh, how He loves us so,
Oh how He loves us,
How He loves us so

Chorus 1:
Yeah, He loves us,
Oh how He loves us,
Oh how He loves us,
Oh how He loves.

Verse 2:
We are His portion and He is our prize,
Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes,
If grace is an ocean, we’re all sinking.
So Heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss,
And the heart turns violently inside of my chest,
I don’t have time to maintain these regrets,
When I think about, the way…

Chorus 2:
He loves us,
Oh how He loves us,
Oh how He loves us,
Oh how He loves.

Verse 3:
Well, I thought about You the day Stephen died,
And You met me between my breaking.
I know that I still love You, God, despite the agony.
...They want to tell me You're cruel,
But if Stephen could sing, he'd say it's not true, cause...

Chorus 3:
Cause He loves us,
Oh how He loves us.
Oh how He loves us.
Oh how He loves.
Yeah, He loves us,
Oh how He loves us,
Oh how He loves us,
Oh how He loves.

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