While the lightsaber hung from my hand, above the 30 gallon garbage can, my son cried and screamed, “Dad! No!”
I was ready to drop it into the trash and he knew that I was willing and intended to do it. After multiple less than stellar events as a father, I had earned the reputation of “Dad the Toy Trasher. My parenting has been heavily influence by my father who threw many of our toys away. “Clean up your room or I will give your toys away to someone who will take care of them!,” he would bellow.
In which my sister ignorantly replied, “Oh! You could give this to Emily…she would really like this!”
“Let’s try this again…pick up your toys or I will throw them away!”
“No! Dad! Don’t!”
But there were times…many times…when he did.
In this particular case however…it was my mistake that led to this ordeal. My mistake was taking my wife out on a date and leaving my children home with a sitter…I should have known it would end in disaster.
This poor sitter’s only mistake was overcooking the recently frozen pizza. When she took the darkened pie out of the oven my only son flipped out screamed, “I’m not eating that!”
Unfortunately for him…he was really hungry…hungry for pizza…but did not want to eat the black crusted slice that was offered him. So instead he began his tantrum…slamming cupboard doors and drawers until one of the drawers broke…falling to pieces before his eyes. He stood there in shock…realizing what he had done…and that he would now be in even bigger trouble… he leaked out the word, “There…you see…that’s how mad I was.”
You can imagine how mad his dad was upon returning home.
When we received the report upon our arrival, I instructed him as to how he would be paying for the repair of the drawer and that he would need to write an apology.
He refused to write the apology. Thus, I stood with the dangling Star Wars weapon. I had already thrown away a toy shotgun…and a Nerf dart gun. It was now the lightsaber’s turn.
“You will write an apology or the lightsaber gets it!”
He knew what was going to happen next…because of what had already happened in the recent past.
Finally he relented and agreed to write the apology.
In Daniel chapter 7 we find our main character, Daniel, have a very disturbing and prophetic dream. He sees strange and scary beasts coming up out of a churning and chaotic sea. Each creature representing a different nation that rises to power…yet, in the midst and timing of it all, God almighty arrives on the scene as well as the Son of Man who will kill the final beast and set up an eternal kingdom. We can easily become overwhelmed with the prophecies and symbolism we find in such readings. But, I think that there is a beauty in these prophecies that we should be careful to not overlook.
Do you ever wonder why God even used prophecy? I have become convinced, that God gives us these prophecies to help us to see who he really is. He is the Almighty God. He tells us what he is going to do ahead of time so that we recognize him…we see his work…we see what he is doing and know that once again he is trustworthy and true to his promises. We can know that he will do what he says he will do…because he has done what he said he would do. We know that Jesus is coming back, because he said that he is coming back. We know it because he came the first time…and God said he would come the first time.
That is what the prophecy in Daniel 7 points to. Daniel sees the Son of God almost 500 years before he came the first time! God gives us this prophecy so that we can see and know who Jesus is!...the Son of God…was…and is…and is to come!
Jesus will come back…even more assuredly as the lightsaber would have hit the trash. So maybe we should just relent…and say yes to following him?