Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him.
The event mentioned above is an instance in the Bible where Jesus makes a parallel between men as fathers and God as our Heavenly Father. I believe Jesus’ intent was to show the Father’s goodness, but this also makes me believe that Jesus is also saying that we can get a glimpse of our heavenly father from our earthly fathers. That even though the glimpse we get is a very far cry from who God is in His perfectness, we can get a small glimpse of how he relates and thinks about us as His children.
This is a pretty awesome thought when I think about how I feel about my kids. I can look at them and feel love towards them just by watching them play and do things that they love to do. They don’t have to do anything special. They don’t have to do something that impresses the neighbors or anybody else. Just the fact that they are my kids makes me love them with a love I can’t even explain.
So if I in my imperfectness I can feel a love like that towards my kids, how much more a God who is infinitely perfect and who does more then feel love but is love.
So when times get tough, when people let you down, or nothing seems to be going the way you planned, remind yourself that God loves you and when He looks at you, He smiles!