I am a 41-year-old adult. I have a wife, a family, a career. I’m strong, confident and capable. While I don’t hunt, I do engage in other manly activities such as watching sports, fixing things around the house and hogging the remote control.
I do not cry at Hallmark commercials.
I do not eat quiche.
And I most certainly do not skip ... unless Chloe asks me to.
I picked her up at school last week, and as we walked out the door she took me by the hand and said, “Let’s skip to the van.”
I looked around. There were people. Lots of people. People who would look. People who would laugh. People who would point.
Chloe started skipping, pulling me forward with her. I tried walking a little faster to keep up, but that was not going to be enough for Chloe. “Skip, Daddy!” she yelled.
I thought about the people. I thought about being manly. I thought about Chloe, and the wide grin on her face.
It was in that moment that I realized I didn’t care about the people. I didn’t care about being manly. What I cared about was Chloe.
So I skipped. Hand in hand, Chloe and I skipped across the parking lot.
You know what? People did look. People did laugh. People did point.
You know what else? I didn’t care.
Chloe and I reached the van, both of us giggling. She threw her arms around my neck and said, “I love you, Daddy.”
“I love you too, baby.”
On that day, I did something completely unexpected. Yet in doing it, I showed my child how much I loved her. My actions also brought her an immense amount of joy.
God did the unexpected, too. As a holy and perfect God, he had every right to punish us because of our sin. Instead, he sent his son to die for our sins. He sent his son to pay the penalty we could not pay. He sent his son to become sin on our behalf (2 Corinthians 5:21).
In doing this, he showed us not only how much he loves us, but also provided us with the joy of knowing that we have been saved from our sins.
God didn’t stop doing the unexpected there, though. Every day is an opportunity to see God work in an unexpected way. He brings sight to the blind, causes the deaf to hear, brings health to the sick and salvation to the dying.
Our God is a wonderful, awesome, and unexpected God!
Parrish Myers is a local minister. His column appears biweekly in Sunday Life and on gainesvilletimes.com/life.