Who are you looking for?
What wells up in your heart when you least expect it, stopping everything, demanding your attention?
The story of the prodigal son is one that reflects the love of a father throughout great emotional turmoil.
The father’s turmoil and that of his son’s.
If you’ve not heard this parable told by Jesus, let me describe part of it to you.
A man had two sons. The younger son wanted his inheritance early.
The father gave it to him.
He took the money and went far away, squandering it.
A severe famine occurred and the young man got a job feeding pigs.
He himself was hungry and would have even eaten the pigs’ food.
He decided he would return home and tell his father that he wasn’t worthy to be called his son.
He would just become one of his father’s servants, since they had more than enough food.
Luke 15:17-24 reads,
“When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ So he got up and went to his father.
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him."
“The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
“But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.
The father was overjoyed!
There were no cell phones to communicate with his son while he was gone.
There had probably been no way to check on his whereabouts or his well being.
Just an empty horizon, day after day, not knowing what was befalling this son that he loved.
Is it so different today?
Is the curtain kept pulled back in hopes of seeing a familiar car pull into the driveway?
Do you wait for a son?
Do you simply wait for a changed heart of someone you care deeply about?
God waits for us to come to Him, surrendering our lives.
He rejoices when we come!
He replaces the penalties of our sin with forgiveness.
Think of how you would respond if someone you loved finally came home.
God feels so much more than that when we return to Him.
Who are you looking for?
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