The early 1950’s introduced a television show to the world based on a working father named Jim Anderson, his wife, Margaret, and their three children: Betty, Bud and Kathy. The show gave the typical struggles most family faced during the course of life, but it showed Jim as a man with sensible advice and as a reasonable parent in the home. Viewers enjoyed watching the interactions of this family because they could relate to the children. The show created a desire for many to emulate the same atmosphere in their own homes.
Jim Anderson on Father Knows Best may have been the ideal earthly father and one many desired, but our Heavenly Father far outweighs anything Jim ever accomplished. Jeremiah 29:11 relays to us the deepest love of our Heavenly Father’s desire for us when He says, “I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” NASB
Despite the valiant effort earthly fathers make to shield their children from the whirlwinds this life deals, they cannot prevent them from coming. They may stand by their children through them and even strive to carry them through them, but in the end the future and hope from life’s storms come from the Lord. He knows all, sees all, and the power to bring about the best rests in the palm of His loving hands.
As we celebrate Father’s Day this year and reflect on the earthly fathers we’ve been given, may we focus on the truth that our Heavenly Father always keeps our best in mind when we journey through the valleys and mountains of this life. We may not comprehend His plans for us, but we can know He is trustworthy, loving, and kind in all He does for us. The final story still remains to be told regarding those moments that make no sense to us but formed the future and hope He had for us.
About Beckie Stewart
Beckie Stewart has been married to her college sweetheart for almost 25 years. They have five children, the youngest adopted from Kazakhstan. She loves Jesus and discipling others to love Him too. She enjoys writing, reading, scrapbooking, and watching the Lord work in prayer. Her writings can also be read on Exploring Adoption, Mommies Magazine, and Ministry-to-Children.
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