The father sat with pen in hand staring at the blank birthday card. His son was turning 18. He should write something special. But he had writer’s block. The pressure was getting to him. Then he had a flash of inspiration and he knew what he should write – advice for his son’s adult life, gleaned from a father’s own experience. No-one else could write this one.
The words started to flow from the father’s pen, line after line, and they read like a set of proverbs. Soon he had run out of space, and had to add an extra page, and then another. There was no room here for sentimental platitudes. No politically correct niceties. Because this was too important. And he loved his son too much. Some day he would not be around, but hopefully these words would still be there for his son, to guide him through times of trouble, doubt and darkness.
“My child, pay attention to what I say” it says in Proverbs 4. “Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body.” *
When we leaf through the book of Proverbs in the Bible, we read the heartfelt words of a father to a son. And in them we can also detect the words of a Heavenly Father to us, His children – words to guide our steps through the twists and turns of life along paths of real peace and happiness.
* Proverbs 4:20-22