Yes, this one.
That is one very special helicopter. Because my husband is in it. He hates helicopters. They are his absolute least favorite way to travel. And yet, when one showed up in our tiny little town giving rides, you could feel it all over him. He wanted to go. No matter the cost, he wanted to go again. And so, no matter the cost, he climbed into that helicopter and climbed out again when it landed with a huge grin on his face.
Our kid. Who is, by her own admission, afraid of heights, climbed into a helicopter with the doors off and took a ride into the blue. (And her mama let her.) And she had a blast.
Why? Because she had her daddy right beside her. He has this way of making her brave. Watching her, I remember being with my dad when I was a kid and knowing that there’s safety where Daddy is. My daughter is the same way. As long as Daddy is right there, nothing bad can happen. She’s wild about him. Proud of him. Trusts him without reserve. And boy, when she gets in trouble, she’d rather all of the East Coast know… as long as she doesn’t have to tell her daddy.
That’s God too. I love, love, love knowing there is a Heavenly Father up there Who loves me bigger than I can imagine. Who sits beside me on helicopter rides and reminds me that there is nothing in this whole world to be afraid of. Nothing. Oh, the devil likes to make me think of all of the millions of ways this chopper could crash, but God… He’s still right there. If I can trust my human daddy and my daughter can trust her human daddy, shouldn’t I so much more be able to trust God who said:
If you then, evil as you are, know how to give good gifts [gifts that are to their advantage] to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask and continue to ask Him! –Luke 11:13 (AMP)
God is our daddy, even better than our earthly daddy. Wow.
I know… Some struggle with God as daddy, because their earthly daddy didn’t serve as the best example. But even then, oh then, how good is God? To want to fill the void, to want to be so much more to you than you could ever dream.
He wants to sit by you as you trust him… and fly.