A very sweet book came out last month called Good, Good Father. It’s a children’s book (bet you wouldn’t have guessed that!), and it was inspired by the hit Chris Tomlin song with the same title.
When I looked through the book recently, I was struck with gratitude for all the ways our Good Good Father tends to us.
He protects us. In the book, the King is a good soldier, and that is such a good analogy. How many times have you had a near miss while driving or realized after the fact that something dreadful nearly happened to you? I always thank the Lord in those moments that he protected me so carefully.
A couple of years ago, a big, hairy, black spider dropped from the visor in my car while I was driving my girls home from a museum. I am terrified of spiders, and I temporarily lost control of the car while I screamed and squirmed and tried to kill the mammoth arachnid that had landed in my lap. When I looked up from the spider, my passenger side mirror was underneath a semi trailer. UNDER IT.
I was able to swerve back to my lane with no harm done to anyone or anything (except the spider which was now dead). I was terrified but so thankful to God for protecting us in what could very easily have been a deadly car crash.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. -Psalm 23:4
He teaches us. In the book, the King is a good teacher. In addition to the leading of the Holy Spirit, we have the best instruction manual ever printed! We are fortunate to have The Word whenever we are hungry or alone or in need of guidance.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. -Psalm 32:8
He makes us well. In the book, the King is a good doctor. I think the most frequent prayer request I hear is for healing, and so often, He comes through with amazing stories.
I happen to have a thorn in my flesh like Paul described in 2 Corinthians 12:7. It is an annoying and sometimes painful physical issue that comes and goes. When it comes, it stops me from being productive. I can go to the doctor and have it fixed, but that is very painful and leaves me incapacitated for at least a whole day. The last two times it has come up, I have prayed about it and God has taken it away without my having to see the doctor. I know He is always good, but I have been amazed at His goodness in this situation.
Behold, I will bring to it health and healing, and I will heal them and reveal to them abundance of prosperity and security. – Jeremiah 33:6
He gives us what we need. In the book, the King is a good farmer. He provides exactly what his children need when they need it.
I have experienced God’s provisions over and over. I quit working during my maternity leave after my youngest was born, and we lost two-thirds of our household income. To say that money was tight was an understatement, but we always had food on the table and we were always able to make every payment due. In one particular situation, our older daughter needed to have dental work for which a down payment of $800 was due. Three days before the payment had to be made, we received a check for $815 in the mail!
Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! -Luke 12:24
He fills our lives with music and laughter. In the book, the King is a good musician. You only have to turn on the radio to hear beautiful examples of this. From contemporary Christian artists to more traditional hymns and even mainstream popular music, there is always beautiful music to appreciate.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. – Colossians 3:16
He loves us. In the book, the King is a good and caring father.
I’d like to leave this one open to you in the comments. When has He been a good and caring Father to you? What were you facing? How did He reach down in love and tenderness to help?
I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. -Psalm 121:1-2
Join me in this prayer:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for being so good to me even when I don’t deserve it. Thank you for all the ways you look out for me, and thank you for all the wonderful blessings you’ve given to me.
Thank you for protecting me. Thank you for teaching me. Thank you for making me well. Thank you for giving me what I need. Thank you for filling my life with music and laughter. Thank you for loving me. I don’t deserve your amazing goodness. You leave me in awe, Lord.
I Love You,
Read back over that last one. The Good, Good Father loves us! What are some ways you’ve experienced his deep love in your life?
Find out more about the book, Good, Good Father. It would make a wonderful Thanksgiving or Christmas gift for your family. Read it together and discuss all the ways our Good, Good Father gives gifts to his children.