“Papa!” he says, pointing to the coffee cup. And a few minutes later, “Papa!”, when he sees my husband’s slippers by the door. “Yes,” I reply to my 20-month-old son, “that’s Papa’s coffee and those are Papa’s shoes.” Papa’s screwdriver is on the ledge, his toothbrush on the counter, his Bible on the coffee table. Our boy is fascinated with his daddy and loves to point out what belongs to him.

He also associates every machine or tool or anything that makes noise with “Papa.” Rightly so, since he’s seen him use them often enough!

The other day, while we were out and about, he saw an excavator working across the street and once again pointed and said “Papa.” When I told him it wasn’t Papa (though it could have been, since my husband is a landscaper), he threw a little fit. Convinced it was his dad, he wanted to check out the construction site but we had to keep going instead.

Have you ever noticed that when you are fascinated by something, you begin to notice it all over the place?

  • I love the idea of a motorhome, so I always point them out to my hubby when we’re driving on the highway.
  • My husband and I are both coffee addicts enjoyers, so spotting a cafe in any new place is easy for us.
  • Found a fashion style or a car that you love? Suddenly everybody seems to be wearing those clothes or own that car.

Fascination leads to recognition. 

Our boy is in love with his daddy, which makes it easy for him to recognize “Papa” and point out what belongs to him.

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What if it were just as easy to notice our Heavenly Father in the little things throughout our day? Well it is, if we are in love with Him.

When we are fascinated by our Abba Daddy, we begin to see His fingerprints in the everyday details of our lives.

We would point to every display of love throughout our day and breathe out a thankful “Papa!”, since we know that God is love.

We would overflow in thanksgiving if we acknowledged our Heavenly Father as the Giver of every good and perfect gift (which we have many of!)

And for every problem solved throughout our day, whether it be at work, in raising children, in relationships or anything else, we would stop and say “Father,” since we know God’s promise to generously give us wisdom if we lack it and ask Him for it.

The Bible says that:

The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands. (Psalm 19:1)

If something as normal as the sky can be such a great display of the Lord and His goodness, there must be dozens of other ways He reveals Himself to us. The key is to let our fascination of Him lead us to Him.

What fascinates you about God? How have you seen Him in your life so far today? Share in the comments below!

 

One Response to Fascinated by the Father

  1. Rick Graber says:

    What a great quote: ‘fascination leads to recognition.’ We must do anything possible to increase our thirst and hunger for His Presence. There is always so much more!

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