Author: Steve Hodges I grew up in Southern California. One of our favorite summer Saturday outings as a family was to visit one of the many large regional parks in Orange County. One Saturday morning while I was in middle school, my dad called all of us children together and asked a question:
“Would you like to go to Eisenhower Park, or my park today?”
“Dad, what’s your park?” we all asked.
“You’ll find out if you choose it,” he replied.
Eisenhower Park was one of the large parks in the regional park system. It had a creek running through it that ended in a lake. Eisenhower Park was a great place to spend a Saturday. It was one of the family’s favorite parks to visit. The same question was asked of each child, in the order of age. Each of us weighed the merits of the familiar Eisenhower Park vs. an unknown park of my father’s choice.
I’ll never forget that summer morning. The lesson that my he taught us about trusting that our father has wonderful plans for us–if only we will choose to follow. The Father may not always tell His children where we are going. He only asks that we trust Him to know what’s best and ensure that we get there.
Years later, after our children were born, I remembered that Saturday morning. That was the inspiration for something our family does called “Daddy Destinations”. A surprise trip of any kind. It might be to the ice cream shop. Or to the park, or maybe the zoo.
We bundle the children up into the car and announce that we are going to a “Daddy Destination”. Excitement ensues. It’s always somewhere fun for the whole family.
I wrote about a recent “Daddy Destination” trip we took to a local park. I am grateful to my father for the inspiring the “Daddy Destination”.
On that Saturday morning so many years ago, my brothers and sisters & I–after careful consideration–selected the Daddy Destination.
It was Disneyland.
Next week’s Author: Susan Ottmer