The hours my husband works are long, and his days off are few. It’s a joy to watch him make up for every lost minute with our two daughters on family vacations. Something wired within their hearts already understands that time with him is fleeting and precious.
“Mommy, watch!” my daughter yelled from the water. “It’s Daddy Dolphin!”
I watched as she climbed onto her daddy’s back, and held on tight as they both dove under the water and swam to the other side. Both surfaces with big smiles. A father’s protective guard over his daughter is precious to behold.
Matthew tells the story of God’s reaction to His Son’s baptism in today’s verse. A proud Father, fiercely protective, Creator of all, “well-pleased.” I picture the reaction of the crowd …of John the Baptist …as the sky opened up and God spoke! It might have been too much for some to process!
He would forsake His Son …on the cross …for us. His Son, “whom I love.” God is love. That’s a powerful statement, and magnificent moment stitched in time.
To breath underwater we need Jesus to flow in our hearts. Only then are we washed in forgiveness and bathed in the presence of God. Christ died so we can hold onto Him, knowing our Father can carry us to the other side.
Father, You are so faithful to show us Your love through Your Son’s baptism. Thank you for sacrificing Him for our sake, so that we may hold onto You all the way to heaven. We confess that the immediacy of this world sometimes trumps our souls’ final destination. Forgive us, and bless us with Christ seeking hearts all the day of our lives. In Jesus Name, Amen.
What is your favorite memory with your dad? Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace!
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