In 2011 Brittany and I went on our first mission trip together. We were serving with Josiah Venture in the Czech Republic. During our training time we had a time of worship where the song “How Deep The Father’s Love For Us” was played. My co-leader on the trip was sitting next to me, and his 3-year old daughter climbed up on his lap and started snuggling with her dad. It was such a sweet moment that our country host called attention to it after the song. He commented that oftentimes we are so reluctant to climb into the lap of our Father and let our cares melt away.
As I type this, my 6-day old daughter Reese Kennedy Williams is lying on my chest. When I look at her I’m reminded of just how much God loves us. My wife and I are a little different in that we have had names picked out for our kids years before they were born. Stella was a name that we both really liked and her middle name Rae was after her mommy. When we found out we were pregnant again we wanted to honor another really important person in our lives, my dad. My dad passed away in 2011 but was and is the single greatest influence on my life other than Jesus. His name was Kenneth and because we weren’t certain we’d have a boy, we opted to modify Kenneth into Kennedy for our sweet baby girl. In the delivery room when the doctor first took her out you could see big dimples in her cheeks and a face that reminded both Brit and I of my dad.
Psalm 9:1 says: “I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all your wonderful deeds.” This is where my heart has been over this past week. I find myself stopping on a regular basis just to give God thanks for my 3 sweet girls. As Brit and I have prayed over our girls each night we have thanked God that He has given us the opportunity to raise His children. We know that they are on loan from Him and it’s our job to raise them up in the way that they should go (Proverbs 22:6). One of the things that I want to teach both my girls is that they should never hesitate to crawl into my lap and find comfort. I want them to know that just as their earthly daddy is here for them, their heavenly Father will always be there for them as well.
At times it is difficult for us to see or feel God in our lives, but He is always there. In a sermon I preached a few months ago I talked about looking for God in our everyday lives and sharing that with others. Colossians 1:15-17 says; “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” We can see God in everything if we truly look, and as we begin to see, we can begin to give thanks.
1 Chronicles 16:34 “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!”