Seems like I have been getting unsolicited advice and direction from my father since I was old enough to listen. As is the case with most, I, too, went through stages of my life when I listened, then I questioned, then I knew better, then I just got annoyed, then I thirsted for his experience, his advice, his guidance.
I find this pattern similar to the spiritual pattern of my life. When I was a child I knew of God and knew of Jesus. As a young adult heading off to college I questioned my faith, then my ego led me to believe I knew better about MY life than any message in the Gospel might show me, then I got annoyed by the notion of comparative religions and the many discrepancies, then, and now, I thirst to not only know of God and know of Jesus, but to know them. Each and every day I seek to develop and maintain an intimate relationship with the God of Abraham, Isaac, Joseph, and Moses. My heart yearns for an intimate relationship with Jesus, the living Word, who taught us ‘What is impossible with man is possible with God.’
As I continue through my second reading of the Bible, a different version than my first reading, working my way through the Pentateuch, I am thankful Noah, Abraham, Hagar, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Leah, Rachel, Joseph, and Moses listened to their Father. Had it not been for these passionate, faithful people and countless others I pause at the thought of where we would be today. Perhaps, Pagan rituals with people committing acts of abomination and depravity? Instead, we have been given a moral compass to set our course. I have often been diverted off this path by idolatry and my own ego begging me to satisfy my perceived needs. As brought to us in the Old Testament through the witness of Moses and others, God will satisfy our needs; if God is for us, than who or what could be against us?
I have learned to listen to my biological father and gain wisdom of my own from his life experience. From that lesson, I must listen to my Heavenly Father as well as did the many faithful of the Old Testament. The stirring of my soul to act in kindness, to give freely of my time and talent, and to allow God to cast judgment is the work of the Holy Spirit working on behalf of God and Jesus. We are challenged to see Jesus in everyone we meet. As St. Paul reminds us, we must be dressed and ready for service whence we are called. It is my daily challenge to extinguish the flame of my ego and follow the light of my Father. What greater work can I do but for the work I do for Him?