The yearly fishing adventure was a simple memory, yet a priceless one. The dip bait ordered a month ago worked well. The fishing tackle performed well. The weather was nice, and the fish were biting. The deep fryer for fathers day worked well, too. I discussed a fish recipe with the lake owner, and another fisherman who was purchasing bait, and it also was tasty and easy to mix.
My son turns 14 this summer, so hope is high that it was a simple memory, and a day spent with dad that he will cherish, as I surely did. The only flaw was the last catch of the day. The fish swam into the path of another line I had in the water, and I thought I had another fish, and discovered that the one my son was reeling in was bringing my line in with it. He got a good laugh out of that, at dads expense:). One no doubt I will be reminded of, often;).
As I sat and enjoyed the day, I also recalled some memories of my own dad, and some fishing trips we took, when I was young, as well. He passed on in 2002, peacefully, with all the sons and daughters living, at his bedside. I remember a lot of those simple times, with dad. We were not only family, we were also friends. He was a good friend too, and that made him a special dad. I value and cherish my sons friendship as well, and hope the same.
He shared with me some of his thoughts, about bad habits, and about the future. I shared with him the concerns I had too, when I was young as well. And those things I didn't really think about, then, either. I hope and pray that he knows and remembers why I shared them, as life moves along, and it certainly does.
I also hope and pray that he remembers that we both spent some special time, too, with our heavenly Father, today, and He was there the entire time, and enjoying, as well. He blessed us with a very special day, and I praise and thank Him, for that. A song played, on the local radio station, on the drive out to the pond, about not forgetting, the cross, our Lord Jesus Christ sacrificed Himself upon, for us.
This is the MOST precious memory, and we need to let guide us, in all of ours. "For God so loved the world, that He gave His Only begotten Son". Dads, let's be real, He has shown us a real Father's love. Without the Lord Jesus Christ, nothing was made, that was made. The One who spoke to the wind, and the sea, and they obeyed Him, would suffer and say "I thirst" upon that cross. Yet give us life giving water.
The One who would say to Lazarus, who had been dead for four days, "Come forth", and he came out alive, would allow those who delivered Him to the cross, to mock and say 'Let Him come down now from the cross, and we will believe Him'. Personally, I believe He knew that, the day He called out to Lazarus, to those seeking signs, and yet would ignore one that had never been seen.
God the Father, and God the Son, did a work that day, that we can only marvel at. A love that amazes, and also draws, a worm such as us. The very best we offer, pales in any comparison. Happy fathers day. God our heavenly Father, puts the happy in them all, every single one. What a special memory that is.