You are probably familiar with the story of the prodigal son. It is in Luke 15: 11-32.
So many times, I think we fail to realize where we are in this story. After all, most of
us haven’t taken our inheritance and gone to another country and blown it on fast
Or have we?
God, as our Father, wants to bless us beyond what we can even begin to imagine.
Yet, we think we know better what we need and what we want, so we do our own
thing. We wallow in the pleasures of the world, happy to be out from under the
control of what we see as a demanding Father. We rationalize that His ways are
old-fashioned and out-dated. It’s a different world now and His “rules” no longer
But one day, we hit a bump, maybe a big bump,
and we realize how much we need our Father.
We’re frightened to face Him since we’ve shaken our fists in His face and
told Him we don’t need Him.
How could we possibly go crawling back?
But then we remember how things were back “home” and the longing to
return outweighs the fear of rejection that could be awaiting.
So we head for home, down-cast and dejected.
Luke 15:20 says “So he got up and went to his father.” I wonder how many
times he rehearsed what he would say to his dad. I wonder how big the lump
in his throat and the knot in his belly were. That road home was probably
the longest walk of his life.
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and
was filled with compassion for him”
I hope you didn’t miss it. His Father was watching and waiting for him;
hoping day after day that he would return.
” he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.”
And when he saw him coming, he didn’t go in the house, slam the door and lock it tight.
No, he RAN and EMBRACED him.
He ran and embraced him,
then he threw him a huge party!!!!!
What amazing love! It is hard for us to even comprehend this, isn’t it?
We love so conditionally that we can’t grasp this kind of love.
Yet our Father is ALWAYS watching and waiting for us to return when we’ve
set out on our own. When we go our own way, we are still His child, but our
relationship is hindered. But His “love for you is constant. When you remember
My majestic Presence and return to Me repentantly, I rush to meet you and
enfold you in My embrace!” (Dear Jesus by Sarah Young, pg 99)
The Father is waiting.
He is watching for your return.
And there will be no lectures; just His embrace.
Grace is getting what we do not deserve.
Mercy is not receiving what we do deserve.
What are you waiting for?
Run to Him.
He will meet you and embrace you with grace and mercy.
Happy Valentine’s Week!!!
Lots of Love, Sharon