Every once and a while God gives me a kiss. He has probably kissed you before too, but you may have missed it. A kiss from God is just a little affirmation or uplifting coincidence found in everyday life. It usually comes during a hard or stressful time when you need it most. As if God is trying to say “I love you, that’s all that matters.”
I was reminded of this by a simple commercial for Extra gum. It is a heart warming depiction of a father and his daughter living life together. The father has this unique talent for folding origami out of gum wrappers. He gives his young daughter a piece of gum and then folds the wrapper into the shape of a swan. It’s just a small little gesture to show his love.
As the daughter grows up we see different scenes from her life. There are good times and there are bad times but no matter what is happening in life the father is there to bring a smile to her face with a piece of gum and a small origami swan. In the end, we realize just how much these gestures mean to the daughter. She has kept every swan her Dad ever made in a small pink box. They are so important to her that she is now taking them with her to college.
As a father of two daughters this commercial tugs at my heart. I want the world for my daughters. I want them to know I love them, care for them, and pray for them everyday. I treasure the small things. Like walking my daughter to her classroom so I can kiss her goodbye. Watching her as she walks away and praying over her until she disappears into the room. I hope to model for my daughters the type of husband and father they should seek in their own lives. I hope to give them life through the little gestures of my love.
It all brings to mind a passage that has lingered in my mind lately. Jesus says: “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:11) The truth is, I AM evil. Sometimes I fear I’m messing up my daughters without even realizing it. That something as simple as staring at my phone instead of listening to her concerns about friends at school will drive her to seek attention from negative sources. Maybe my fears are unfounded. Maybe the small things will someday prove to be big things in the hearts and minds of my daughters. Like little swans they treasure their entire lives.
In either case, it brings me comfort to know that God is, at least somewhat like me. Even though I make mistakes, it doesn’t mean I love my daughters any less. That If I know how to love and care for my daughters, in-spite of my mistakes, than God knows how to love and care for me in ways I can’t even begin to imagine.
It may seem a little girly, but I like to think of God delighting in me the way I delight in my daughters. I like to think of him watching me, caring for me, and folding little swans to show his love for me. Sometimes those swans come through other people, through a compliment or simple affirmation. Sometimes they come through scripture, when God shows you something you have never noticed before. Other times, when God really wants to show he cares, they come in prayer, as you sit in silence talking to God and he whispers gently into your soul. No matter how they come, it’s nice to know God is there. Gently, quietly showing his love for us in little ways.
Like little kisses from heaven.
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