It was a tradition for two years straight while living in St. Louis several years ago. Every Saturday morning, my father and I would drive to the Chesterfield Airport Road Café, a dinky, hole-in-the-wall restaurant in the middle of nowhere that had wonderful food and even better service. Upon arriving to the place, our regular waitress, Buffy Zieres, observed us in the parking lot and had our coffee and hot chocolate on the table already as we entered. During our breakfast, my father and I conversed about events that happened in our lives, especially relating to work and school, and we further discussed dreams I had for my future as well as various challenges I may encounter through life’s journey. These moments not only offered an opportunity for learning and gaining in wisdom, but it also allowed a closer intimacy in our relationship.
Though not all of us have positive relationships (or even relationships at all) with our earthly fathers, we all have the opportunity to engage the Greatest Father of all. Even when we do not comprehend His ways, He loves all His children, desiring a relationship with us and longing to hear all our feelings—not just the positive ones—to various circumstances. So, have you considered setting a date with Lord? The Lord declared in John 6:35, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to Me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in Me will never be thirsty.” What about establishing a regular time where you can converse with Him, reading His Word and listening for the whisper of His Spirit? Similar to that of a positive relationship between an earthly father and child, the Father can give us rest if we just embrace Him in our weary, burdened states (Matthew 11:28). The Lord is available to us at any moment of any day, in our hectic and slow periods, in good and bad, in our professional and personal lives. Just come to Him, for His arms are always open to you.