Feelings of the Father
An old story is told of a man who took his infant son to the pediatrician for a painful procedure. The father contemplated with the doctor regarding the necessity of the process, not wanting to expose his son to the pain and distress, knowing he would be defenseless in protecting him. The father wrestled emotionally, but the doctor advocated that it was the best solution according to the future welfare of the child. There would be initial pain and blood, but the means would justify the end. Internally the father continually toiled, wondering if he could watch his son experience crushing torment.
As the doctor grabbed the little boy from the examination table, venturing to the procedure room, the father asked, “should I follow you?” The doctor said, no you can wait here. The father inquired, how long will it take and the doctor replied, “15-20 minutes.” There the father sat, reading the literature from the pediatrician about the procedure and after-care. For the first 4 minutes the father ruminated in silent peace, suddenly hearing the scream and cry of his son. Although the office was filled with babies, this father knew the tone and weep of his newborn boy. Instantly the father was uncontrollably uncomfortable and wanted to rush the room and rescue his son. The legs of the father shook as he rocked back and forth, striving to comfort himself through the shuttering, full blown, and heart shattering cry of his baby boy. The father began talking to himself and son proclaiming, I am sorry, I am sorry! Eventually the father was in tears along with his son, separated by walls, but connected in love, soul, and spirit. The father wished he could be the sacrifice for his son.
Eventually the doctor returned and handed the boy to his father. The father asked “How was it doc?” He replied, “It was fine, but I do not think he liked being tied down.” Immediately the father wondered if he could have even watched if he was in the room. In addition to being beaten, Jesus hung on the cross in agony for hours. Imagine the feelings of His Father. Revere God and respect the cross. You are the clay In the Potter’s Hands. God has paved a way to save and comfort you today!