Devotionals Archive

My Dad

Jun 19, 2021

Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me? – Jeremiah 32:27

When I was a child, I thought my dad was perfect. He stood 5 feet 10 inches, and weighed 155 pounds, but to me, he was
humongous. And he was strong! In my eyes, there was nothing my dad could not do—he could beat your dad, for sure! He could carry me
a long way. He could mend my broken toys, and he had an endless supply of money. He taught me how to milk a cow and feed a calf. He knew where the
fish and the deer were.

He was a milkman, and worked for Umpqua Dairy in southern Oregon; I thought he owned it! After all, he wore a shirt and jacket with his name on it. When
I was four years old, Mom bought a small white shirt and sewed the logo from one of dad’s old shirts on it. Dad brought home an Umpqua Dairy truck
just my size. I was in Heaven! You can imagine my thrill when, one day, I saw my dad’s giant truck. I remember turning in circles and yelling,
“Wheeeee!” My dad gave me a carton of chocolate milk from the truck, and I knew then that for sure I would grow up to be a milkman like my dad.

Well, I grew up, and I found out that my dad, my childhood idol, is only human. He made some mistakes, and as he grows older, there are some things he
cannot do as well. And it takes him longer to do them! However, he is still there for me.

Our earthly fathers may love us very much, but they do have limitations and cannot always solve our problems. They are only human. Our Heavenly Father,
however, is God. Nothing is impossible for Him. He never fails, and He is able to do “exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think” (Ephesians
3:20). God is a loving Father.

As we experience the care, love, and strength that we receive from God, let us determine in our hearts that we will strive to “grow up” to be just like
our Heavenly Father.