When I told him what I did, he took a few moments to let it sink in. Then he smiled. And he let his smile broaden so wide that filled the room. As well as that grin he nodded his head as though he was agreeing to something truly deep and profound that someone had said.
“Well done, son.”
With those words my heart melted. Tears welled up in my eyes and rather than the bashful grin that I was used to having when getting a compliment, I was overwhelmed with a sense of what an honour it was to receive those words from him.
I know that there’s nothing I can do to earn his love. I know that He’s not demanding that I jump through hoops to get his attention. I know this.
I know that He takes pleasure in being my Dad and knowing that I am His son. I know that He’s ecstatic about that. Yet to hear Him say those words to me. All I did was obey Him and follow His way and His path. I did that and was able to return to Him with the report on what the outcome was. It was all His work, He gave the power and inspiration. I followed and obeyed. I was delighted to see that as He had said it had worked out well despite the opposition and the setback.
To hear Him say those words, though. It was undoubtedly one of the most moving and emotional experiences of my life. What it also did was ground my faith and love for Him even further. He is not a harsh and relentless task-master. He’s not got a whip waiting for the slightest hint of failure. That’s not how He operates at all. Yet He’s so good and personal and eager to relate that He’ll even share those words.
Words that build faith, words that deepen love, words that stirs emotion, words that harden resolve, words that have me all the more eager to continue on this path of faithful obedience and dependence.
That’s just part of the power of the affirmation of the Father.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden