I love Saturday nights at this time of year because we’ve got the wonderful Britain’s Got Talent on the screens of our telly boxes! Definitely a big favourite in our house. We love it because we think it’s one of the few shows that we watch that has such positive feel to it, providing plenty of “Awww”, “Ooooo” and good old laugh out loud moments.
Saturday night’s episode was something really special though, leaving me feeling that I had just had one of those profoundly spiritual moments. It all happened in one of the last segments towards the end of the show. The cameras were following the pre performance preparation of a young girl from Wales, giving us this usual background info on her life and journey so far with the stock “It’s always been my dream to sing.”, “This is my big moment.” type of clips from the girl herself as well as shots of her adoring Father telling us how she had been singing from the moment she was born and how proud he was of his little girl. All great television that was helping to build emotional tension for us the Saturday night sofa bound audience.
Finally, having hooked us good and proper with her engaging story, the cameras let us join her as she walked out onto to the stage in front of the judges to begin her audition. A hushed anticipation settled over the audience. She began to sing. Cutting between the judges, the girl and her trembling Father in the audience, we got to witness not only the beauty of her voice but the impact it was having on the people who in that particular moment mattered the most. Even though it was evident from the reaction of the judges that they were being visibly moved by her performance, it was the expression on her father’s face in the audience that was the most captivating as, with trembling lips his eyes filled with tears of profound pride and love. This was the moment the Britain’s Got Talent team transported me to the realm of God when they suddenly segued a clip of her father saying something that blew me away as he said “I would give all I have for her to see her dream come true.”
As I sat there in front of our television watching Britain’s Got Talent, I realised I had just experienced a real revelation of how God…our Heavenly Father…actually thinks about us.
Jesus taught us to call God our “Father in Heaven”; a concept which, up until that point in the religious history of his own people Israel, was completely foreign. God…our Father? But this was the God Jesus introduced to the Jews and the God we now have the privilege to get to know. A God I believe, who looks on with such love and pride, and who is willing us to reach our true potential with such love in His all seeing, wisdom filled eyes.
The Bible tells us that “If God be for us, then who can be against us?” (Rom 8:31), and just imagine what could happen in our lives if we would only remind ourselves of this every day. How many of the seeds of our dreams would no longer lie fallow along the roadside of our lives? How much more likely would we be to pursue those good passions that call to us to go higher…to love in richer, deeper ways? How many people would be benefitting right now from the wonderful gifts that we possess but as yet remain dormant because we are afraid to try?
When we pursue the work of God in our lives…the work of goodness, kindness, love, care, mercy, forgiveness…when we are about our “Father’s business”, we can and should know with confidence that God is for us.
Watching that girl’s Daddy on Saturday night reminded me that if this guy (rightly) feels like this about his daughter and is willing to do anything to help her achieve her dreams, then how much more is our Heavenly Father willing and able to help and provide for us?
Just a thought for a Monday.
So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.