When the Father Is Not Loved

 

6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.

7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.

8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.

9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.  Deuteronomy 6:6-9

Rocked by the loudest screams echoing through the super outlet, shoppers stopped to see exactly in what direction this childlike voice was coming from.

Panic was seen on a number of the shopper’s faces as we stopped pushing our shopping carts to commune with each other.

“Oh my God! ” one shopper said in a high pitch voice. “That child is in trouble!”

Three men ran in the direction of the voice.

There was quite a bit of confusion taking place in the store with shoppers pointing in different directions as to what they perceived the child was being held against their will.

Two burly store employees ran between the tall metal shelves holding plumbing supplies, while the voice over the loudspeaker announced that all entries were locked and no one could exit.

Standing next to me was an elderly lady in her late eighties with a look of disappointment on her face.

“Humph. That child is not in trouble! ” the woman said to a few of us.

“How do you know that?” snapped back the short stubby woman in a neon green garden hat.

“Because I know children voices,” retorted the elderly lady. “My ears know when a child is in trouble and when they are just being disobedient. That child is putting her parent through the ringer…just mark my words. That child needs a good old fashion behind whopping.”

And without skipping a beat, this elderly woman walked away from her shopping cart and headed towards the front door.

A few minutes after the elderly lady had departed the voice over the loudspeaker advised the customers that the doors were now open.

As I finish my shopping, I stood waiting patiently in line.

The gentleman in front of me had inquired to the cashier had they rescued the child?

And much to the gentleman’s surprise, the cashier shared with him that the child was never in danger.

It so happened that this child refused to listen to her father and therefore decided to scream and make him feel embarrass.

“You know, sir, ” the cashier said, ringing up the customer’s order.

“We always get these kind of children coming into the store. If they can’t get their way, they either have a temper tantrum. Or some will say that they don’t know their parent.”

As I put my items in the trunk of my car. The thought of what the elderly woman had expressed earlier reminded me of what we must look like when we complain and act against God’s will.

Children behavior is the spitting image of adults.

Adults are just as guilty as the screaming child when we can’t get our way with God.

Sorrowfully to admit this but when the Father is not loved, the way He loves us, we are disobedient children too.

May every man, in whatever role you play in a child’s (young or old) life. Be fulfilling and rewarding.

Have a joy-filled Father’s Day.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord