Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Return Home

The young man possessed everything he needed, and yet he yearned something else.  Whatever he wanted, he didn't see it coming from his father.  Perhaps he felt his father was holding out on him.  Demanding what he felt he deserved, the young man took his half of his inheritance and hit the road. (Luke 15:11-32)

Freely, the father handed over the younger son's portion of his inheritance and let him leave.  He didn't attempt to convince him to stay or chase after him when he left.  The father released him but kept watch with open arms for the day he might return.

We hold no guarantee for the return of those who wish to leave us, but may we learn from the prodigal son's father to wait with receptive arms if they do.  May we also remember that our Heavenly Father desires for us to willingly return to his unconditional love and acceptance when we've moved away from it.

He has withheld nothing good from us.  Our best is always on the forefront of His heart.  We just need to come to our senses and recognize it.

1 comment:

  1. I've almost always known God is "right there". So thankful for that. Though I sort of feel I understand less than ever, I am learning to trust more than ever.