Fathers are fixers. They fix things. That’s what they do. Everything from broken toys to broken hearts are placed into the hands of our fathers in full expectation that given enough time, everything will be all right.
It’s winter and children should be wrapping themselves up nice and warm. Zuzu, however, has a different agenda. She has a flower she doesn’t want damaged. So, at the expense of her health she makes sure the flower gets home safely. George Bailey arrives home to find his daughter in bed sick and goes up to her bedroom to check on her.
“Where do you think you’re going?” George asks Zuzu as she begins to make her way out of bed.
“I want to give my flower a drink,” she replies.
George denies the request, proposing that he will give the flower a drink. Not surprisingly Zuzu is reluctant to part with her flower and in a tussle for the rose a few petals fall off.
“Look daddy,” Zuzu says in the sweetest voice you ever heard in your life, “Paste it.”
It’s then that George Bailey turns his back on Zuzu and stuffs the few fallen petals into his pocket and presents the flower back to his daughter, good as new.
That’s what fathers do! They fix things. Our Heavenly Father is no different, and by understanding this we can deal with earthy afflictions and in the face of it all proclaim, “It’s a wonderful life!” For we have a Father in heaven whose pockets are bursting with our petals. He has made everything new. Now, and for always, everything is going to be all right. “Bring me your broken lives,” He calls to us. “I’ll fix them.”
After all, He’s a father – that’s what they do.
What a great movie, what a great book and better yet, what a great God!