Updated: May 25, 2021
Good morning. It is Friday, May 21, 2021.
Yesterday was my daddy's birthday.
It might seem strange for someone in their late 50's to call their father, daddy, but I was only 8 years old when he was killed in a plane crash, so he has always been daddy to me. He forever will be 32 years old and when I think of the two of us together, I am always 8.
He truly was the best father in the world. He loved and adored my mom; he loved and adored me and when my sister Kari came along, he loved and adored her.
We lived in Alaska, on a floating logging camp. I can still remember him telling me that he and mom had a surprise for us. He said he would tell me what it was when he returned home from a day of driving his log truck.
I can remember anxiously wanting that day to draw to a close. I remember thinking, maybe it was candy!
That evening we all gathered in the living room of our single wide mobile as we were told that mom was pregnant. It was not candy ;0) It was something much better.
Mom would name her Crystal and daddy would never meet her. He was killed shortly after that and mom would gather my sister and me in that same living room once again, only this time to tell us daddy was not coming home.
Those were hard times. I get teary just thinking about them. But we did not leave the living room that day without mom talking about the fact that we would see daddy again. That when Jesus returned as He promised to do, we would all be reunited.
John 14:3 "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."
I have thought about that day many times in the past 50 years. I remember turning the age he was when he was killed and realizing just how young he really was. As a child you think of your parents as 'old'.
I remember having my first son and thinking "You would be a grandpa, daddy."
And with my first grandchild thinking "Wow, you would be a great-grandpa!"
Yesterday I tried to picture him being 82 years old. It was not possible. All I saw was his dark hair, broad smile and twinkly eyes. I could hear his laugh and I could smell his aftershave, Old Spice.
I trusted him with all my heart. There is nothing he could not do in my eyes. But the trust, the trust was huge!
Before we moved to Alaska, we had a carport added on to the house. I had seen the men working on it, climbing up on it and I wanted to climb to the top as well. I was about 5 years old and will never forget this. When the carport was completed, my dad let me climb the ladder. Once on top of the carport I walked around. I felt like I was on top of the world. It felt so big. When it came time to get down, I was a bit nervous about climbing down the ladder. My dad yelled up at me "Jump. I will catch you." I can still see him down there, smiling up at me, arms lifted skyward and encouraging me to trust him.
Trust him I did, and I jumped, right into the safety of his arms.
I have likened that memory to the relationship I have with our Heavenly Father.
"Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD himself, is the Rock eternal." - Isaiah 26:4
Many times in my life he has said to me "Jump, I will catch you." And many times, especially as I got older and could look back on my life, I did. And every time I landed in the safety of His arms.
"Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD himself, is my strength and my defense ; he has become my salvation.” - Isaiah 12:2
Chances are you too have lost a loved one; a father, mother, child, sibling, spouse...Please take comfort in the fact that Jesus is coming soon and when He does, He will make everything right again!
When my spouse passed away earlier this year, the fist text that came to mind was 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.
Read each line slowly and try to visualize what that day is going to look like. It will be a powerful, awesome day and we can all be a part of it if we chose to be.
"But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words."
I want to encourage you! Keep your eyes on Him, the author and finisher of our faith!
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” - Hebrews 12:2