But is Daddy ready for what he’ll see?
By Jeannette Clift George
On a short flight from Tucson to Phoenix, I noticed a young woman with her baby. They were both dressed in white pinafores. The mother was smiling, and the little baby was saying “Dada, Dada.” And the little baby was darling. She wore a little pink bow where there would probably be hair pretty soon, and it was just darling. And they sat down opposite me. Every time anybody went by, the baby would say, “Dada, Dada.”
The young mother said they were going home, and Daddy was waiting for them. I think they had been gone overnight—it was a long, long time like that!
Everybody was so happy, and we all enjoyed the little baby. The mother had a little thermos with orange juice in it. She kept feeding the baby, a little fruit and then a little juice. It was a rough flight. Every time the baby cried the mother fed her a little bit more orange juice and a little more fruit.
I don’t know how to get out of this story without telling you the truth. The flight was so turbulent that the attendants had to stay seated. All of the fruit that had gone down came up. I think more came up than had gone down; I think there was more up than there was baby, and it was startling. The carpet was not in good condition. It was a mess.
Those of us on the opposite side of the aisle were not in good condition at all. We kept trying to tell the young mother it was just fine. We were handing her tissues and things. (Most of us have been babies.) It was a very loving time, but a mess. The baby was crying, and she looked awful. We couldn’t cry, but we looked awful. The mother was so sorry about it.
We landed. The minute we landed, baby was fine: “Dada, Dada.” The rest of us were just awful. We began to get off the plane, and we all moved very carefully. I had on a suit, and I was trying to decide whether to burn it or just cut off the sleeve. Have you ever tried to get away from something really unpleasant and it was you? Well, that’s the way we were. It was really bad.
I looked out of the plane, and there waiting was the young man who had to be Daddy: white slacks, white shirt, white flowers, and a little green paper. I thought, I know what’s going to happen. He’s going to run to that baby who now looks awful—I mean the hair and the pinafore were dreadful—he’s going to run to that baby, get one look, and keep on running, saying, “Not my kid!”
As he ran to the young mother, I wouldn’t say she threw the baby at him, but she did kind of leave quickly to go get cleaned up. I watched as he picked up that baby and hugged her and kissed her and stroked her hair. He said, “Daddy’s baby has come home. Daddy’s baby has come home.”
I watched them all the way to the luggage claim area. He never stopped kissing that baby. He never stopped welcoming that baby back home. I thought, Where did I ever get the idea that my Father God is less loving than a young daddy in white slacks and white shirt with white flowers and a green paper?
Taken from Glimpses of Heaven. Copyright © 2013 by Christianity Today. Published by Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, Oregon, 97402. www.harvesthousepublishers.com. Used by Permission.