The words to the title of this post should never have to uttered by a father, but sadly, on occasion I have failed.
It was May 1972, a warm spring day, mama and I were working at Teen Ranch inc. in the "'thumb" area of Michigan. We were Resident Cottage Parents for 10 teenage boys plus we had two small children of our own. Jo, my daughter in the picture was just learning to walk. That warm May day I was suppose to be watching my little girl, I got lax. I left her outside and went in to take care of an "errand" and left her unattended - I never even heard the scream.
The day was beautiful, so warm! The ranch decided that this would be a wonderful day to put fresh hot, very hot, tar sealer on the driveway.
Suddenly a man came bursting into the front door with my little girl in his arms! She was crying, screaming in great pain! She had walked out into the hot tar barefooted, screamed, and then fell into the hot tar getting large portions of hot tar sticking to her feet and her legs. The man immediately ran cold water on the hot tar cooling it down and instructing us not to try and peel the tar off her legs as it would pull the skin right off.
We quickly loaded her in the car and rushed her to the emergency room where they slowly removed the tar with what I believe was liquid ether. Mama had called our pastor and quickly the church family was in prayer. That night our daughter had major blisters on her feet and on her legs - but God took away her pain! She slept just fine that night, the next day was walking, trying not to bump her blisters. Me, I had a major question for God! God, you took away the pain, why not those ugly blisters??!! He waited - then said; "I gave you that daughter, I took her pain away, but the blisters are for you. A reminder you are to watch over her!" I asked his forgiveness and learned a hard lesson on fathering.
God never fails us! He has promised us eternal hope and He will get us there. We can sometimes fail or make mistakes as an earthly father, but our Heavenly Father never does. My little girl? Never had a scar - but I had to look at those blisters a long time!