Confession time. Half ashamedly I admit to saying to my daughters when they were growing up, “Wait until your father gets home." I probably was not the only one though, was I? In my case, there came a point in parenting where I reached my limit of patience (especially after a stressful day at work). Plainly put, there was absolutely no energy left to endure bickering siblings. When these words gushed out of my mouth in utter frustration, desperation and exhaustion, they cast a cloud of impending reprimand coupled with fear.
There were other times I used the saying to promote anticipation and enthusiasm. “We’ll leave for Disney World when your father gets home.” “I can’t wait until your father comes home and sees your new shoes.” “We’ll give the presents out when your father gets home. Unfortunately, the negative use of this phrase is more familiar than when it is used positively as a promise of imminent joy and happiness.
There’s a rock 'n roll song that is strikingly similar to the negative connotation of this saying. Sung by the all-girl group, the Angels, “My Boyfriend’s Back” was released in 1963. In a nutshell, boy asks girl out. Girl says no. Boy spreads rumors about girl. Girl’s tells rejected admirer her boyfriend is back in town and he's in trouble.
Part of the song goes like this:
“My boyfriend’s back and you’re gonna be in trouble.
When you see him comin’ better cut out on the double.
You’ve been spreading lies that I was untrue.
Look out now ‘cause he’s comin’ after you.”
I like this song. But then again, I prefer songs, TV shows, movies and books where good triumphs over evil. Whenever the guy in the “black hat” wins, I end up feeling downhearted and disappointed. When the guy in the “white hat” wins, I am filled with feelings of satisfaction and hope. I’m generally in a better mood because the evil one got what was coming to him. I realized recently that I cheer on the good guy, usually the underdog, because I want so desperately to live in a world where people live happily ever after and good always triumphs over evil.
But I already live in that world. At the end of the day it comes down to three facts:
(1) Satan rules in this world (for now) and tempts us voraciously. (1 John 4:4) (2) Jesus wins. 1 John 2:14 writes about the word of God living in us and overcoming the evil one. Whatever satan hurls at me gets slain by the sword of the Spirit. My consummate weapons of choice include God’s strength and His Word. (Ephesians 6:17-18) (3) I will live forever with the Lord. (From the song: "Be Still My Soul.")
The God I love will return. As scripture warns there’s gonna be trouble. (Have you tried to read through the Book of Revelation?) However, as God has promised, satan will be bound in chains and no longer able to lead people away from God through his wiles and evil ways. I can’t wait until my Father leaves His home in heaven and comes back to mine.