Olympic Parents and God

Watching the Olympics this week I’ve been struck by the parents of the athletes.  Invested, hopeful, prayerful, committed, passionate are just a few of the words that come to mind.

What a contrast to the image of God I think many of us carry around – the distant, more concerned-with-global-chaos or, out-of-touch-with-what-it’s-really-like “Being” who kind of nods or frowns or raises His eyebrows from afar.

Katy sent me this video the other day.  Parents of gymnast Ali Reisman watching her compete.  Ok, it may have been a reminder to her of my days in the stands at her tennis matches, but she said she meant it in the best way possible, so I’m gonna take her at her word.

Anyway, although there are lots of ways the comparison fails, I’m wondering if this video shows a picture that’s a little closer to that of God’s engagement with us.

Just a reminder on this Friday…God is for you, cheering you on.  “The Lord your God is in your midst, a victorious warrior.  He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.” (Zeph. 3:17)

J.I. Packer wrote, “…there is no moment when His eye is off me, or His attention distracted from me, and no moment, therefore, when His care falters.”

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of God?  Honestly.

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