My father and I were recently riding in my Jeep and reminiscing about when he first taught me how to drive at age 15. He loves to tell the story of when I’d stop at a stop sign, and before hitting the gas pedal, would ask, “Can I go now, Daddy? Can I go?”
My dad is now eighty years old, has a head full of gorgeous white hair, and is still preaching weekly at a little country church. I inherited many things from him (including that hair which I shamelessly color): my athleticism, my hazel eyes, my stretchy skin, my humor, my ability to gab or tell a story, and on and on. I’ve watched his relationship with the Lord grow sweeter and sweeter as he continues to study and prepare to deliver the Word to his flock. He often shares with tender excitement what he is gleaning from Scripture. His eagerness for the things of Christ is what I most want to inherit!
So many times throughout my life I’ve found myself sitting at a crossroad, facing the unknown, and praying to my heavenly Father, “Can I go now, Daddy? Can I go?” He encourages me up every mountain and lovingly guides me through each valley. He is worthy of my excitement and eagerness. I desire to be so deeply connected to Him that when I take the wheel it is not me driving, but Him. I never want to lose my “Can I go now, Daddy?” mentality.
“Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem. He did right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in the ways of his father David and did not turn aside to the right or to the left” (2 Chronicles 34:1-2). Josiah walked in the faith of his father, David. He faithfully led his people to look to God for direction so that they lived with a “Can I go now” attitude. “Throughout his lifetime they did not turn from following the Lord God of their fathers” (2 Chronicles 34:33).
Like Josiah, I hope to walk throughout my lifetime with the same faith as my earthly father. James Millard Branson, Jr.’s excitement and eagerness for the things of Christ is not only my heritage, it is my inspiration.