As parents, it’s our heart’s desire to care, protect, and provide for our kids. Helping them flourish in life gives us joy and purpose. Our unconscious mind works while we sleep, thinking of new ways to bless our children.
While walking through this season, I wanted to provide for my three-year old son a fishing experience. We have a friend who has a quiet pond on his farm. He said we could fish there any time. However, on this farm is an angry lama. This lama not only spits at people, he charges at them. He’s been known to use his front hooves to box people to the ground and stomp on them. If cornered, an angry lama can stomp you into the next life.
Before heading out the door, I called to make sure the bitter beast was locked up. Confident all was safe, I took my three-year old, a diaper bag, two fishing poles, and a tackle box and began to slowly walk across the green pasture, to the peaceful pond below. About half way across the field, from behind a barn, the killer lama suddenly appeared. Apparently, not only can he box, he can also jump fences. Once our eyes locked he began to charge. I dropped everything, grabbed my son and sprinted for the fence. Looking over my shoulder I could see the furry monster gaining on us. With my caves burning, I pushed harder. I felt like I was in a horror movie, being chased by Jason.
As soon as we reached the fence, I quickly put my son on the other side. I didn’t have to think about that. I wanted him out of harms way, even if that meant getting it in the back with a pair of hooves. I wanted to provide a safe place for him. With him secure on the other side, I flopped over myself. Holding my son, we looked back. The lama strutted to the fence, leaned over, and hissed victoriously. I didn’t care. All that mattered was that my son was safe.
The whole experience reminded me of the goodness of God toward his children. He longs to provide, protect, and assist his kids. If we as sinful parents desire to care for our kids, how much more does our God? Jesus loved us enough to come between us and death. To bring us to a place of salvation, he took the blows of death so that we might live. He may allow us to fall into a rut to get our attention, but he doesn’t want us to stay there. Ephesians 3:19 says, “May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness and power that comes from God.”