I was saying goodnight to my fourteen year old firstborn son, preparing myself for the deep, analytic questions he always wants to discuss with me at the end of the day when I’m tired and worn out. This night was no different. He laid on his bed and looked at me with a serious face.
“You and Dad have changed,” he began.
“How so?” I asked, intrigued.
He looked at me with a solemn expression and described to me that we give him too much attention. He didn’t want us trying to hug him or pat him in public, and our words off affirmation embarrassed him.
I knew this would happen sooner or later. My boy was growing into a man, and he was establishing his independence.
I smiled. “We haven’t changed. You have.”
“No,” he said. “I don’t remember you both trying to hug me in public.”
I shook my head. “Yes. We hugged you. Kissed you. Held your hand. In fact, I carried you on my hip for over two years. We haven’t changed. You have. You are now embarrassed by the same affections that you used to enjoy–even expect. But it is totally normal.”
He was resistant at first, but I could see understanding creep in.
“You are growing up, and now you don’t like our public displays of affection. You are like every fourteen year old I’ve ever met. You are the one who has changed. Daddy and I are just the same. We love you and like to give you attention,” I said, getting up and heading for the door.
“So does that mean you both will stop trying to hug on me?” he asked, hopefully.
I grinned mischievously. “Nope,” I said, turning off the lights. “I’ll see you in the morning.”
As I walked down the stairs, I thought of about our Heavenly Father. The Bible says that He is unchanging: “I the LORD do not change…”(Malachi 3.6).
- God never lies (Numbers 23.19
- God is always good (Psalm 145:9)
- God loves us (Romans 5.8)
- God is faithful (2 Timothy 2.13)
- God is all around us (Jeremiah 23:23-24)
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