What does like father like son expression mean? You find sons becoming like their fathers through their mannerisms, physical features and thought process. Read this story of the powerful impact that a father had on his son, Elder Anthony Jackson.
I remember that day as though it were yesterday. I lived in Sacramento California, just outside of Travis Air Force Base, with my parents Otis and Annie Jackson. I was ten years old at that time, and I loved to pick on people that were generally older than me. I would torment them with annoying acts such as hair pulling, kicking, pushing, and tripping. One day, during my quest to tease and aggravate, something happened that literally changed my life forever. I decided to pick on a guy named Danny who was five years my senior and seventy-five pounds heavier.
While he was playing a game of basketball at the neighborhood park, I snuck up behind him and pushed him down. To my amazement, Danny jumped up off of the ground and began to chase me. He chased me for about two blocks until I reached my front porch. I ran for my life, and in front of me, I noticed my dad standing in the doorway of our house. My dad knew my history of tormenting people, and did something that day that shocks me, even now. He closed the door so that I couldn’t get into the house, which allowed Danny to seize the opportunity of catching me in order to beat me. After Danny had completed his work on me, I lay on the porch and noticed my father in the doorway, staring down at me. He looked sternly at me and said,” Don’t start something you’re not physically able to complete.” This statement seemed to be too profound for a ten year-old to understand, but it was his next statement that would alter me and stay in my mind, even to this day.
He knelt in front of me and said,
“If you ever become afraid, and you feel you cannot handle the situation, run as fast as you can until you get to me. When you get to me, you don’t have to run anymore. Dad will always protect you”.
This statement literally rearranged my whole perspective on life. I believed him; I realized that my dad could do just about anything and that he was my protection. He was, and still is, my hero.
Years have passed since that day, but the comfort and security I gained from him on that day has not left my thoughts. I have attempted and completed many milestones in my life; I would not have approached these milestones with confidence if it had not been for the experience that I had with my father and Danny. Today, I am the father of an outstanding five year-old named Solomon. A young man, who, just the other day, ran up to me and said, “Daddy, there’s a monster in my closet that is trying to eat me!” Do you know what I did? You guessed it! I knelt down in front of him and said,” If you ever become afraid, I want you to run away as fast as you can. Run until you get to me. Once you get to me, you don’t have to run anymore, because daddy will always protect you.” “Daddy will always protect me?” He replied. “Daddy will always protect you”, I reassured him. Solomon gave me a hug and ran back into his room and began to play. Will my statement have the same effect on him as my father’s statement had on me? Only time will tell.
Our Heavenly Father is much like our earthly father; He has and always will be there to protect you. II Thessalonians 3:3 states: “…the Lord is faithful and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.” There will come a time in all of our lives when our earthly fathers’ will not be there to protect us, but our Heavenly Father will be there. I recently had a talk with my biological father concerning the “I will always protect you” comment He made years ago. To my amazement, He made another statement that will be with me for life. He said,” That comment has served its purpose it accomplished the goal it was intended to accomplish. I wanted you to know me as “god” until you were able to meet God for yourself. Now that you know God as the one and only true God, I can rest. The father that you can see has limitations, but the father you cannot see (God) has no limitations. Put all of your faith and trust in him, Hebrews 13:5 states: ‘…I will never leave you, nor forsake you…’ So when you are afraid, you no longer have to run. You have the assurance of knowing that your Heavenly Father will “always protect you.”