While at the park this past Saturday with the kids. I noticed a young boy 4 to 5 years ago riding a bike. Not far behind him was his father also riding a bike. Everywhere this boy went his father was not more than a few feet behind. Fear enough for the boy to have his independence and freedom to go where he wished but close enough to intervene if needed. As the boy came up upon the parks lake he stopped his bike just short of the water’s edge. Getting off his bike he began to walk alongside the water. His father too stopped his bike and began following his son on foot staying only a few steps behind. While the young boy was admiring the geese on the icy water the father took out his camera and started taking pictures as if he was the paparazzi following the hottest new celebrity. As I watched this father and son I could feel the love this father had for his son. With everything else going on around them in the park, to this father nothing mattered more than his son in this moment of time.
I started to wonder is that how Christ is with us. Not far behind His children allowing them independence and freedom but not far behind ready to intervene if needed. What a powerful image of this father taking pictures of his son as if the world didn’t matter. As if Christ is cherishing his children as if nothing else matters. His prize possession. I bet that’s what Zephaniah 3:17 meant when he says: “The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”