If there is an enduring image I have of my dad, it’s him sitting at his desk in his study working. The location of the study may change as we moved house. I have memories of it from Devonport, Meadowbank, Epsom, to the present study at his home in St Heliers. But the desk, the bookshelves and indeed many of the books have all remained the same.
As a kid that desk was a treasure trove of paper and blue tac and neatly arranged pens. But I digress! The image I have is of my father and not the contents of the desk!
This was the place as a child, teenager and adult I came and still come for a listening ear, for wisdom and advice and maybe just a bit of a cry. The thing is, no matter the age I was or I am now, no matter how busy my Father is, he puts down what he is working on and listens. In all my years I have never been told to come back later because it wasn’t a good time or that I was interrupting something important (and most likely I was!). He has listened and counselled and handed over a clean pressed hanky should that be needed. In all my years as topics have changed from what’s important to me as a 8 year old to what’s important to me today, he has never belittled what I have had to share. And I have seen many people across the years take up the chair in his study and the same opportunity for a listening ear.
This enduring image is also a picture of our Father in Heaven. No matter what we think God may have on His plate and the triviality of what we think we are dealing with, God is always ready to listen and to counsel. What’s important to us is important to Him. God is ALWAYS there for us, always wanting to share in our days, always waiting for us to take up a chair and share.
As I write this my 3 year old has come up and asked me what I was doing, and then started chatting about his day. So with the example set before me, I have paused and taken time to listen to him.
Happy Father’s Day!
Tomorrow we celebrate Father’s Day in New Zealand. A fantastic opportunity for me to celebrate my Father and my husband. For me it is a day to take time and pause to acknowledge these 2 great men in my life. Father’s Day is a great opportunity, for Fathers everywhere to be celebrated and thanked.
There are other Fathers around us too – not our natural fathers but mentors, friends, leaders that pour into our lives, encourage and support us. My old boss is one of these. He took a young team under his wing, gave us the opportunities of a lifetime, believed in us, encouraged us. He was as interested in our lives as he was in the work that we had to do. If someone needed help – he was the first to step in and offer assistance. I remember being in a meeting once and watch him walk past the meeting room with one of the Accounts clerks, a coat hanger in his hand – she’d locked her keys in the car and to him she turned for help. If you wanted anything duty free when he was travelling, no problem he’d pick it up.
To this day, some 7 years after I left working for him we still keep in touch. In fact he’s the link keeping the old guard together. Years later, we’ve all moved on to other organisations, but you can still pick up the phone and have a catch up with him. We all do.
So tomorrow if you’re celebrating Father’s Day, think about the other Fathers in your life as well and let them know how much you appreciate them too. Actually, even it isn’t Father’s Day in your part of the world – let the Dads know they’re appreciated.
Happy Father’s Day!