My two youngest children woke up early one morning and asked to go swimming at our neighborhood pool which is about a mile from our house. It was early, before it was hot, and I was game for it. My husband was still home and heading out the door to workout before he went to the office. He told me his plan and mentioned that since the gym was next to the amenity center he could meet us. He suggested “why don’t you guys drive to the pool and start swimming. I’ll jog there, go to the work out room and lift some weights, and then I’ll join you for a few minutes in the pool when I’m done.” I nodded and he headed out the door.
The kids didn’t know the whole plan, just that daddy was heading to the gym.
A few minutes later we packed up our beach bag, headed off in the car, and as we pulled onto the main road we passed my husband. He was jogging steadily towards the amenity center.
They pointed and waved as we passed him! You would have that thought they hadn’t seen him in a few days.
Just a minute later, we arrived at the pool, applied sunscreen, blew up inner tubes, put on the goggles, and started swimming. The kids were having a great time. A few minutes later they saw through the pool gates that daddy was jogging up the drive to the amenity center. They started waving wildly. “Daddy! Daddy! He’s coming! He’s gonna swim with us!” They kept yelling and waving even though daddy couldn’t hear them yet.
I didn’t tell them daddy was going to jog into the weight room and it would be a few more minutes. They could care less. They just wanted to make sure he saw them. But waving wasn’t enough. As he saw daddy nearing the gate, about to pass towards the door of the gym, my youngest jumped out of the pool and took off running to the gate of the pool fence!
“Daddy daddy! You’re here!”
My son smiled a big smile and opened the gate.
“Here ya go. Come on in!”
I wanted to tell him that daddy was going to be a few more minutes. Daddy, however, must have changed his mind. He smiled a huge smile back at the kids and walked through the gate into the pool area as if that was the plan all along. My husband told me as he approached:
“It’s ok, he’s so happy.”
He would put his workout on hold and join the kids.
I teared up a little at the gesture. He’s a great Dad. And it’s no coincidence that I’m posting this on Father’s Day. I honor my husband and he’s a GREAT father. But I had seen something else. I knew I was witnessing a spiritual principal in action. God was showing me how He views and prioritizes His children and how He chooses to respond when we worship and call out to Him.
God responds consistently to the faith shown when we shout
“Daddy, Daddy, you’re here! Come on in!”
In the spirit, those cries of worship and expectancy are what opens the gate to His presence!
You might think God is too busy for you. That He has His own big person “workout plan” and things to do that don’t involve you. You might think He is too busy for child’s play. That He can’t be interrupted.
But God is jogging towards you today.
He’s entering through the gate.
Willing to move His plans for you. Because, ultimately, you were his plan all along.