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The Love of a Father

Last week, I was working–as many people do. I was folding t-shirts by the cashier, and I couldn’t help but overhear a conversation by a father and his toddler son. The father had just refused to let his son buy a toy truck, and the little boy was angry, his face all red. He looked to his father, as if the 4 feet height difference didn’t bother him, and clenched his hands. “I hate you.”

I literally froze in shock. Although many toddlers say they hate their parents, I wasn’t quite sure what the father would do in response in a public setting. Would he yell back? Would he discipline the boy? Would he ignore the remark? But instead of getting mad and embarrassed like any father might, he simply–and calmly–looked down into his child’s face, and said one single phrase. “I love you.”

The little boy was confused. His anger started to turn into frustration. “But. But I said I hate you!”

The father still looked down into his son’s face, his eyes never once leaving the boy’s. “And I said I love you too.”

By now, the son was screaming “I said I hate you” multiple times. But the father still never wavered. “I still love you.”

It was in that weird moment that I came to a sudden realization.. the realization of God’s unwavering love. Sometimes we ask for things from God, and He says no. We become angry and distant, arguing about who is right or wrong. But through our constant frustration and rage, God’s love never changes. It never misses a beat. It never gives up on trying to make us understand.

It’s always patient. It’s always kind. It never gives up.

So why do we?

About Keilah

Keilah is just your average young adult who laughs, smiles, and cries over homework. She knows she's called to something in her life, and is currently living her university life searching for the answer. The confusion, chaos, and hurt in the world constantly pushes her to do more than just watch from the sidelines. She strives to be 'real,' sometimes gets lost in the dark, but is always searching for the light.

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7 comments

  1. This is so true. Thanks!

  2. This is amazing, thanks for sharing this

  3. Wow, this is so amazing. Thank you for this. 🙂

  4. This is such an inspiring story, thank you for sharing!

  5. Keilah, thank you for this. It reached out to me with encouraging me to never give up. We really do give up to much, We think we can never do it, but we don’t realize that God loves us through it all. Please keep writing. You really spoke to me with this, thank you so much.

  6. Amen, thank you for reminding me the importance of love.

  7. Amen to that, you help me remember how much God loves me and everyone else. 😀

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