I want to show you some photos. I chanced upon a Facebook page with a collection of photos that had me smiling; I’ll tell you why shortly. Actually let me tell you some now. In most of the shots, there’s an irreverent child who doesn’t care that his father is CEO with several dozen employees waiting on him. She doesn’t care that he’s the Minister of Defense, or about the immense power he wields. He doesn’t care that dad is 6ft. 5 and a professional wrestler.
She doesn’t care that he makes full-grown men stutter and whimper when they sit across him in his office. If she wants to paint, he better be a canvas, if he wants to ride, he better be a horse. If no cousins are around when she wants to play, he better be ready to be Barbie. That’s a TM Lewin shirt, so? If he wants to throw up, that shirt is a bib for all he cares. People knock to enter his office; well she never got the memo. To her he’s the other human she owns. He is dad, her personal person. You look at these photos and see what I mean.
Looking through them, it struck me. The Army General, Fortune 500 CEO, President, the terrorist gang master, the pope, the Archbishop, the armed robber, the Headmaster, the IGP, the UN Secretary General, the leader of North Korea they all have something in common. They are chalkboards, ponies, gym equipment, playmates, bouncing castles and a ton of other silly stuff to the children they love.
These human fathers, filled with more sin and issues than a brothel, their sons and daughters have unlimited access and privileges to them. They don’t worry that daddy will smack them for playing with him. They don’t judge and deem themselves unworthy of playing with daddy. They burst into his bedroom and just desecrate it. These mortal fathers have this kind of capacity to love and be protective in spite of this epic troublesomeness, how much more their creator, our Father, the God of all things?
Here’s a father who loved us even when we were still a stinky rubbish pile of sin. He was willing to sacrifice his most precious possession. He’s talked time and time again about being willing and able to outdo earthly fathers who don’t give stone for bread or snake when asked for fish. He literally said about earthly fathers “…If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven…” . In fact He’s talked about his desperation to be played with and known and fellowshipped with so much that he seems almost needy.
God wants you to waterpaint his face, to enter his washroom and be so innocent you don’t even realize he’s pooping. He wants you to be as vulnerable as you can around him. You cant upset him because you burped and stained his white linen shirt! Your noise is music to him. You’ve stained his woolen carpet with jention violet, and scratched ‘Dad is awesome’ on his brand new Maybach, but he’s not getting red in the face over it. If God is truly your father, forget it, you don’t have the power to exhaust him.
Perhaps it’s this desire to have this daddy-baby flow that made him talk about us needing to be like children to enter heaven. If after eeevvverrryytthhinngg he’s done you still think you’re not good enough to talk to him or you’re bothering him with your issues or he’ll be too mad that you broke the ‘flower pot’ to talk to you, then you don’t even know your father, which I’m sorry, puts you in the same category as most puppies born to freelance bitches mothers.
The point isn’t to enter his bedroom perfect, it’s to be willing to allow him to hug, carry and dip you in the tub when you show up all muddied up. Allow Him! Right now, just close your eyes, open up your arms and visualize you hugging his leg, not caring that he’s late for his 12 o’clock with the 12 elders. Be silly with God because he wants to be silly with you. He created the fathers who have the ability to, wont he be even more capable? Let nothing keep you from staining his white sofa, he has a whole warehouse of them because he knew you’d enter dirty most days. He knows what you’re made of.
He also knows that in truly being his little boy or adorable baby girl, you’ll grow into a fine son and a devoted daughter. Your relationship will be so rich, it will transcend religion and become a natural way of living. So just scroll up once more and take another look at the pictures and remember to be silly with God. He wants to be silly with you!
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