Friday, April 04, 2008

daddy

I love this picture of my friend, Craig, and his little daughter.

It's how I see God holding Kate in ICU right now. And how he held me yesterday when I really started to miss her.

You'd have to know Craig to truly appreciate this photo. I traveled with him as part of a mission team that spent three months in India. He's wildly hilarious, totally adventurous, extremely hip, passionate, sensitive, and intelligent. He's a photographer, a husband, and a father of 27 years of age. Not exactly what comes to mind when we think of Father God...which is why this picture struck me.

He's his girl's daddy. She doesn't know that he's 27, that he's fallible, that he's human. To her, he's all the strength and comfort she needs. She doesn't seem the least bit concerned that he's carrying her, single-handedly, across a dubious path of rocks over a stream. And that's the point: he's carrying her, single-handedly, across a dubious path of rocks over a stream.

He doesn't have her curled up in bed reading her a story, although I'm sure he does that too. He has her in the Philippines, out to see the world, out to conquer a stream, out to experience risk and excitement and uncertainty.

And that's how he's holding Kate in ICU right now. And how he held me yesterday when I really started to miss her.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thats amazing Sarah... made me cry. Your writing is spectacular... keep it up!

Andrew G said...

*praying*