Daddy, Daddy

May 2, 2012

“He fell with his face to the ground and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me.'” –Matthew 26:39

Read: Matthew 26

Ella’s scream has a way of piercing ears but this morning, it broke my heart. In the arms of her swim instructor, who was imparting what my wife and I know are vital and potentially life-saving skills, a hysterical Ella reached out to me. “Daddy, daddy!” she cried, over and over. All I wanted to do was to take her hand, to let her know it would be okay, to reassure her that I would never let any harm come to her. Instead, I walked out.

I swallowed the lump of parental guilt in my throat when I remembered how important this lesson would be. She would have to suffer so that she could be taught. Turning away, in this case, was how I could best protect her.

God could have saved His son. He could have taken the cup (v. 39) as Jesus begged Him to do. With his only son “overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” God could have easily interceded on his behalf. Instead, against every Paternal instinct and with His heart breaking, He did nothing.

When her 15 minutes were up, she sat smiling in Wendy’s lap, feasting on a lollipop, the reward for her brief aquatic ordeal. At the pool, I turned away so that Ella could learn. In the garden, God turned away so that we could live.

–Eric Velazquez 

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  1. Lelia Chealey

    Very good! “Turned away so we could live”. Amazing.

  2. Laura Martin

    LOVE this! How many times has this happenned to us as parents of little ones… trying to give them the strength and power to conquer their fears independently, yet at the same time, we as parents wanting to just cuddle them and protect them. Such a struggle, yet such an opportunity for both to learn and grow!

  3. Sharon Van Loocke

    Sometimes it is THE hardest yet most important and inspiring lesson that we as parents have to learn…turning away…thanks for the inspiration and the reminder. As I prepare to send my 20 year old son away to do research in Mexico for 10 weeks…it takes all the strength I have and ALL the prayers in my heart to turn away from him. Thanks for the wonderful messages each and every day.

  4. Sandie Powell

    Such an amazing application. Thanks, Eric! Glad you and Ella both made it through that ordeal.

  5. wendy

    Although on two different levels, this was a great comparison. Watching your children in pain is horrible but sometimes needed. Im sure our heavenly father feels like this on a daily basis. Thanks for the entry babe!!!

  6. Nellene Pena

    You reminded me the times we would disipline our boy’s. Sometimes I would say, ” this hurts me more than it does you”!! Of course, they certainly didn’t understand that at all. Also,
    I cannot imagine all the times that I disappoint the Lord, but like the song I sang many times, “When He Was On The Cross, I Was On His Mind”
    Our Father is truly amazing! He know’s me, yet, He loves me.
    Thanks, Eric, for this touching entry,
    Jimmy’s Mom

  7. Catrina

    I agree, amazing application! We sometimes forget that it was just as tough for God to watch his son on the cross as it was for Jesus to be there. And all for us. Truly amazing. Thank you, Eric!

  8. Kathleen

    Thank you, Eric, for a wonderfully drawn parallel.

  9. Eric

    Glad you guys liked it! I’ll tell ya…BEING a father makes me acutely more aware of what the Father is doing in my life. I can’t imagine turning my back on my child in danger. Can you? But that’s exactly what He did because he loves US THAT MUCH!!! It’s beyond words. It’s grace.

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