All Seeing and All Knowing – Daddy Keith and Father God
“Dad,” Janet requested, “Denise and I want to go to the show on Saturday. I’ve got all my chores done. I’m paying with my own allowance. Can I go?”
“What are you going to see?”
The teen told him.
“No on that one. It’s rated R,” Daddy Keith responded.
As he watched his family grow, Keith had proved to be an involved father. He appreciated that in the rural community where he lived, friends and neighbors helped be extra eyes and ears when it came to all their kids.
Keith reminded his daughter. “There are plenty of other films to choose from at an eight-plex.”
“Well, all right then!” she stormed back with anger. “We’ll go see some baby flick instead. You know, like G. Would that make you happy? We’ll be miserable, though.”
“That won’t be necessary. PG would be fine, but only if you improve your attitude,” he told her.
“All right, Dad,” Janet remembered her manners, “Thanks for letting us go. I’ll tell Denise.”
But fifteen minutes after the film started, Keith got a call at home from his friend, Roger, who worked at the theatre.
“Did you know that your daughter and her friend bought a ticket for one movie, but went into the one that is R rated?”
“I’ll take care of it. Thanks for the tip, Roger.”
Daddy Keith high-tailed it down to the theatre, stepped inside and let his eyes adjust to the dark. He found the teen girls engrossed in the film while giggling and crunching two large buttered popcorns.
At first, they didn’t notice the newcomer. Without saying anything, Dad chose a seat. They stopped. The girls stared. In the darkness, they blushed.
How could they help but notice that Janet’s dad, Keith, had taken a seat right next to his daughter and her friend? He stayed beside them through the end of the film.
So it appeared Daddy Keith was all knowing and all seeing. But that was thanks to Roger.
God, our creator, does it without any help. His omniscience – or knowing all – Is it a bad thing?
God knew Moses, raised as an Egyptian prince, would be a great leader to walk hundreds of thousands of people out of slavery in Egypt. He knew beforehand that Moses’ successor, Joshua, would conquer Jericho without raising weapons. It was a miraculous show of God’s power.
When Jesus was followed by large crowds who were far from any marketplace, Jesus might have smiled when he asked Philip, “’Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?’ He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.” [John 6:5-6]. And you know the rest of the miracle of God: Two fish, five loaves, and a blessing gave everyone food enough until they were full.
David writes, “O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue, you know it completely, O Lord.” [Psalm 139:1-4.]
Wow! Someone who knows us completely and cares enough for us to guide our lives and choices—even at the movies. What could you say about such a Father? He’s even better than Daddy Keith.
[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of articles, anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. available from Amazon.com, her speaking engagements and website, www.button-to-god.com. Enjoy chuckles and speeches, tips and excerpts in website options and weekly blog.]