When our youngest daughter was three years old she received a free balloon at the grocery store – a pink balloon with white, curly ribbon. I carefully tied it onto her tiny wrist so it wouldn’t float up to the rafters while we shopped. We successfully made it to the parking lot and into the car. Once home and in the driveway I carefully took her from her car seat and turned to help her slightly older sister. That’s when it happened: her little hand slipped out of the loop I’d made and up, up and away went her little pink balloon. We watched it float away until we couldn’t see it anymore, and all the while she was crying with her hands reaching upward. I unloaded the groceries and called daddy at work.
“On your way home today, can you stop by the grocery store and pick up a pink balloon with a white ribbon, please?”
Daddy walked in the door after work holding a perfect replacement. With a squeal of delight, she cried, “Daddy reached up and gotted it for me!”
In her eyes, nothing was impossible for daddy. What was lost to her, he was able to find and return to her. But we know the reality is that daddies are not all powerful. They can’t solve all the problems, heal all the hurts, or return all that is lost. Only one daddy can do that: Abba, Father, our Daddy in heaven.
I encourage you, daddies, to strive to be more like our daughter and less like the image she had of what a daddy was. In this life you will lose. You will be lost. And you will still have little eyes watching, little ears listening. Let them see and hear you reaching up to YOUR Father in heaven for help. Let them see that there is One more powerful than you, who CAN return all that is lost.
“God, your God, will restore everything you lost; he’ll have compassion on you; he’ll come back and pick up the pieces…” – Deuteronomy 30:3
Kathi J. Eastman
Christian wife, mother, mental health and suicide prevention advocate, published poet/writer, vocalist, public speaker and aspiring Proverbs 31 woman.