This morning I was reading a devotional from Shauna Niequist called “Savor”. She shared about a time when her dad stepped in when her family was going through a hard time. Sometimes you need someone to be stronger for you through difficult times.
At the end of her devotional, she asked if there was a time if your dad has stepped in to be stronger for you. Was there a moment in your life where your dad took parenting to a new level?
My first thought was, “Every parenting moment with my dad, that I can remember, was great.” Haha. Now, he is not perfect, but my dad has done such a great job being a dad. He’s the best.
I sat for a moment and thought of when I was battling between my plans and God’s plans for my life. I was struggling with the idea of moving to the Philippines one week after my high school graduation, at 18 years old, never flown by myself, never lived on my own, not really knowing anything except I was called to be a missionary.
I sat with my dad one night in my mom’s office at our old house. I was crying my face off full of fear and anxiety. And there sat my dad, patient as anyone I have ever met, just listened. He listened as I tried to convince him and myself that I was not cut out for this “calling”. I was too young, too uneducated, too inexperienced, if I went over to the Philippines “I was probably going to DIE cause I never lived on my own before – mom would be heartbroken and we cant do that to her”. He didn’t buy it. He didn’t buy any of it. He let me attempt to talk myself out of it.
When I was finished with my thoughts, he looked at me and told me something that has forever marked me. He told me, “Hannah Corinne, all your life you have said you wanted your life to be an adventure. A life no one has yet to live. God is HANDING it to you on a silver platter, and you are telling me you’re not going to take it?” How could I argue that?! I couldn’t give him one good reason for not going besides I was scared.
In my mom’s office, she had a bunch of rocks with words written on them. My dad reached over and grabbed the one that said “courage” on it. He gave it to me and told me, “Here… you’re going to need a lot of this if you’re going to really do what God is calling you to do.”
I remember it as if it was yesterday. You know you have a incredible dad when he encourages you to do the scary stuff, trusting God that on the other side is a life that is worthwhile.
He taught me that I had to let go of something, in this case – fear, to grab onto something so much better that God had planned for me.
He taught me more in that moment about my Heavenly Father than anything that I can remember.
Though, I have gone to the Philippines, had the TIME OF MY LIFE, moved to Uganda to do missions there for over a year and a half, came back to America, and he hired me to be the missions director of our church… now I am grown up, I am not 18 years old anymore, he still is the same dad that sat on that couch in my mom’s old office and told me to “go for it”.
He will never promote or prefer himself over people. He will always honor everyone he meets. He will stop for anyone. He will encourage the sinner. He will give grace when its not deserved. He will be stronger for you.
He is the greatest man in the world, and I just had to let everyone know it.
I hope that your dad is someone who is stronger for you. If not, please know that Jesus is and will be stronger for you. #jesusjuke and I am not even sorry about it. 😉