Sunday, June 17, 2007

Fathers' Day Glow

Yesterday I went in search of a Fathers' Day experience, and I got it! I flew to the neighbouring island of Jersey and spent the day with my son Matthew - what a great day it was! I was really delighted to be with him for the few hours that we had together, and no matter that it rained so heavily, we just 'hung out' and enjoyed the time. It was also an opportunity for me to catch up with his new car. The old one had done well for a number of years, including University, and now it was time to ditch it and get something decent. The result is the shiny black Seat that we cruised around the island in. Wow, the smell of new, the purr of power, the pull of the acceleration, and all within the island's 40 miles per hour speed limit of course! 2 litres of horse-power tied down to a fabulous small frame.

Being a Dad is a bit like that ride really. You can't explain how much you care, how deeply you feel. Love and pride are mixed with concern and worry in almost equal measure! All the hopes and fears that you have for your offspring are surging under the bonnet like a powerfully tuned engine, but on the surface you remain as cool and calm as you can, trusting God to look after your most precious posession in all the world. You want to rush on ahead, to accelerate and overtake life's problems before they hit and steer them away from them. But there's a limit. You can't live their life for them. You have to let go, and believe that the heavenly Father loves them even more deeply than you do and will guide them through whatever life may throw at them.

For now I'm just basking in the glow of a really great father/son day and thanking God for the privilege of being a Dad at all. At least I get to ride in some great autos!