There is a dad whom we see every morning walking whom we find intriguing. He walks his middle school-age daughter to the bus stop each morning and waits with her for the bus. Then he walks back to the house and drives off to work.
I must admit that he has caused us to speculate. Is there potential for trouble at the bus stop? Is she a problem? Has he a need to ride the bus? All idle speculation, but I think born of a desire to understand, not gossip.
After watching him since the start of school, I have come to the realization that he is just a dad who loves his daughter. He loves her enough to eke out each moment he can with her in the mornings, not letting his schedule get in the way of his love. And that is beautiful!
Almost even cooler is the fact that she doesn't seem to mind. She seems to enjoy her moments with her dad just as much, not copping a preteen attitude or acting embarrassed. The mark of a close daddy-daughter relationship. And that is beautiful, too!
I have a great dad. I don't tell him enough, but I really do (yes, I am sending him this blog). He is strong and brave and has had my heart from the time I was a little girl.
He is the type of dad who would walk me to the bus stop, I am sure of it.
My dad has been my number one fan since I was a little girl, accepting me as a bright and capable person, and encouraging me to reach for the stars. He has always been fun and funny, a fact that my children now appreciate as well.
In fact, my dad is so wonderful that when I married Keith, I looked for qualities that were like my dad...decisive, bright, dedicated to family, loving and caring.
Because of a good relationship with my earthly father, it was easy to develop a relationship with my Heavenly Father. And that has been crucial in this widow's walk.
From the beginning of this journey, I have crawled up in Daddy-God's lap, much like I climbed up in my daddy's lap, accepting His love and support, His direction in my life, His love and acceptance...much as I have always accepted these things from my daddy.
That is a beautiful and special place to be all around.
And I cannot imagine my life without either one of them.
Praise be to the Lord God, the God of Israel, who alone does marvelous deeds. Praise be to His glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen and Amen. -- Psalm 72:18-19