And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. – 1 Corinthians 13:13
So, last Thursday morning, I was doing my normal routine. I got up around 4 am, did a little chest/back workout while listening to an old Jentezen Franklin sermon from like 1997, and then came downstairs to read the Bible and listen and talk to the Lord. Before I get to my “prayer closet,” I see the Thomas the Tank Engine “Castle Quest” set that my parents bought my little man the evening before. He tried to put it together, but just ran out of time. I knew he hated going to bed, but I knew he had school and I got home late because I spoke at an FCA event that evening.
Staring at that half put together set, I had a decision to make. Do I go read my Bible? Or, do I go put that set together for my son and surprise him when he gets up?
I put the set together.
It took about twice as long as it should have. If I had done it right out of the box, it would have taken about 15 minutes. However, because he did a few things wrong, I had to figure out what was wrong and undo a lot of what he had done. I did miss my time with the Lord, but when I woke up my little man, he went straight for it. “Thanks, dad! You put my set together!” I made breakfast while he played and played until time to leave for school
As I was driving to school, I was listening to “For This Cause” by Hillsong. It came to the part “all I want is you.” Immediately, I broke. It was amazing. The presence of the Lord flooded my car. He spoke. “Adam, you have so often been like your son. You have tried to put it all together by yourself. I have had to go back and undo many mistakes where you put pieces in the wrong place. Just like Jameson, you needed your Father to fix some things and put it all together correctly. I’m still putting your life together. Trust in me. Follow my instructions. Allow me to work. I will do it right the first time. I will never let you down. You, too, can wake up excited at the work I have done.”
Amazing! He knew my heart. He knows I want Him more than anything this life has to offer. He also knows that love never fails. In this case, doing something out of love for my little man produced a powerful lesson I might not have learned otherwise.
There is no one like our God!