Jun14WedJune 14, 2017
At the end of each day, right before I head to bed, I do my “dad chores.” These include locking the doors, checking the thermostat, picking up random toys, checking on our kids and turning off lights in various areas of the house. Part of this responsibility comes from some of my own obsessive impulses. The other part comes from a desire for our family to rest safely and comfortably throughout the night. Our children aren’t necessary aware that these tasks are being done but that doesn’t matter. These are just a few small ways that I can provide for them as a father.
Have you ever considered that your Heavenly Father also cares for you in ways in which you are unaware? Unlike my experience as a father, our God in heaven never sleeps nor slumbers (Psalm 121:4). He sustains the universe (Hebrews 1:3), is fully aware of when all mountain goats give birth (Job 39:1), and always works circumstances together for good for those who love Him (Romans 8:28). Not only that, but He also calls upon angels to serve His redeemed people (Hebrews 1:14) and to deliver those who fear Him (Psalm 34:7). Our Heavenly Father does His “dad chores” well!
But when inconvenience, redirection or even suffering happens, we can easily feel as though God has forgotten to do His part. Take the Apostle Paul for example. In 2 Corinthians 11, one of our Daily Scripture Readings for this week, Paul provides a list of his experiences which included imprisonment with countless beatings, being shipwrecked, hiding from thieves, suffering sleepless nights, and going without food during severe conditions (see 2 Corinthians 11:23-27). Certainly Paul had moments when he was tempted to believe that His God was asleep or absent. However, he learned by enduring and looking back upon those times that God was actually providing for Him through those moments. All of this led Paul to say, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
In the moment, we may not see how God is providing. However, if we are diligent to look back and ask the Lord to show us evidence of His provision or strength, it’s likely that we’ll see that He was gently and faithfully moving in the background.
Perhaps it was He who planted a song in your heart at the very moment when prayers of desperation seemed impossible to pray. Perhaps it was He who caused you to forget your keys at home and throw off the timing of the day only because He wanted you to bump into an acquaintance later that day for an encouraging moment. Perhaps it was He who gave you just enough strength to have that difficult conversation with your co-worker, when in hindsight, you would have fled from such a moment last year.
As you take time to pray this week, I encourage you reflect upon the subtle ways in which the Lord has sustained you during your darkest or most frustrating moments. Perhaps a period of reflection will remind you that God is always working as a faithful Father. He is excellent at His “dad chores.” As we begin recognize and celebrate that glorious truth, He gives us more grace to trust Him as the God who moves and is yet unseen.