It is a wise father who truly knows his child. -Anonymous
The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out. Proverbs 18:15 (KJV)
My father went to Japanese grade school in the 1930s here in Palau. His own father died in 1931. He was 10 years old. He learned not only to survive but to thrive. When the Americans came after the war, he knew he had to learn their language -English. So he went on a learning quest. He practically taught himself to speak, read, and write English on his own. When I was 3-4 years old, he went to Japan for higher learning. Learning, education, and hunger to learn is something I learned from my father.
I learned to give to charity and help those in need by watching him also. Always sharing his catch (fish) and time with others. (You may be entertaining angels, he believed). I remember once as a child when someone came for help. He asked my mother to give him the money. It was their last $10.00 of the month. He was not a rich man but he was a wealthy man. He believed in the God of Israel. In retrospect, my father lived his life as if he were a Messianic Jew. And God blessed him and enriched his life with love for GOD, people, and country.
He died when I was twelve.
Not all of us were fortunate to have grown up with our fathers. Many of us lost our fathers when we were children. Some don’t even know their fathers. Painful as it may be, it is on the other side of pain you will find your other self endowed with gifts you will discover and thrive. Life is difficult but we can always look back to those who came before us and learn from them.
Here’s a good example (2 Kings 22 and 2 Chronicles 34). Josiah was eight years old when he was made King of Judah after his father was assassinated. Josiah was a good king who loved the LORD. He wanted to help his people to return to the LORD. In the eighth year of his reign, he “began to seek the God of his father David” and in the twelfth year of that reign he began a program of destruction of Baalist altars and images throughout Jerusalem and Judah.
When we stop blaming abusive fathers and absent fathers and circumstances from which our losses occurred, healing begins. Josiah means “Jehovah heals”. We bypass our earthly fathers and reach out to our Creator, our true FATHER in heaven (1 John 3:1) He heals us of our deep wounds. So we can grow and mature as members of the society with something to offer to the community.
God’s love is not a feeling. God’s love is action. We are so loved so much that even before any of us was born He sent his Son to rescue us from the pit of he’ll. It’s the most amazing thing to me. We belong to the One we don’t see. We can find true peace in Christ Jesus. We belong to SOMEONE, the GOD of the Universe. We’re never alone.
God bless all the fathers with patience and love. May the God who provides (EL JIREH) be your “Go To” for all your children and grandchildren’s needs.
Remember me loving you! ❤