Reflections in Nature

Reflections on Relationships

“You’ve got a good Dad”. These were the words spoken to each of us children individually Friday afternoon.

The man that spoke them took the time to give  each of us a hug and remind us that Dad is good; even in the midst of the grief over loosing his wife.

I’ve been thinking about this comment and the relationship that this sweet man has with Daddy pretty much ever since.

This man has known Daddy pretty much his entire life. He’s watched him grow up, get married, have children and weather some pretty big storms along the way. He’s got a very special relationship with Dad; one that is seen every time he sees Daddy.

In 2015 when we happened to see him on a quick trip and Dad saw him across the room and waved. Once Mr. K. saw him his eyes lit up and he practically ran over to Dad and gave him a big bear hug.

This last time was a little different circumstance but still an incredibly sweet reaction. Mr. K. saw Daddy and through tears said, “Oh, Mark…” Then the two shared a long hug…

Seeing Daddy’s relationship with Mr. K. reminds me of our relationship with God.

He’s known us our whole life:

Just like Mr. K. has watched Daddy grow up and become a man. God created us. Psalm 139:13-16 tells us that God has known us since before we were ever conceived. He saw us when we were not even formed and He had our days planned before we were ever born.

He’s with us through the storms of life:

One of the things that makes Mr. K and Daddy’s relationship so sweet is the connection that they have to my Grandpa King. Grandpa passed away when I was three and a half. Mr. K. was one of Grandpa’s close friends.

Daddy and Mr. K. were able to deepen their bond through the loss of my Grandpa. They understood how the other felt and were able to comfort each other.

The Bible tells us that God is with us continually. Matthew 1:23 tells us that His very name means “God with us.” Hebrews 4:15 tells us that while Jesus was on the earth He was tempted in every way that we are yet He didn’t sin. Jesus knows what life down here is like and He didn’t leave us stranded.

He loves when we come home

The Bible tells us that we are going to mess up and stray from God’s laws. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t come back home into His embrace. Mr. K. gets SO excited to see Dad when he comes back to the place he grew up. I imagine that God gets pretty excited when one of His children comes back home to Him too (see Luke 15:7).

He is good

Yes, there is suffering in this life. But through it all God is good. We are reminded again and again of God’s goodness. Psalm 136 is an entire chapter of the Bible that reminds us that He is good.  Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that God has good plans for our lives. Romans 8:28 reminds us that all the things that we go through in this life is for our good. Even in the midst of the suffering here on earth God is still good…

One of the things that I love about our earthly relationships is that they have the power to show us how great our relationship with God can be…

Until next time,

Bailey Sue