God: has ready and open arms waiting….
Luke 15:18-19 (KJV)”I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants”.
Interaction with those close to you can be a bit tricky at times; imagine you argued with that person, then make up in your mind that well it was good while it lasted and you have every intention of moving on with your life and at the time it sounds like a very good idea; what with the hurt feelings and the grass looking greener on the other side.
Yes this is the life: then after a while it becomes a tad stale and you recognize that relationship is more than just walking away after an argument; it takes investment and it takes humility and it takes a willingness to go that extra distance especially when you might have hurt or the other person hurt you to get pass the hurt and establish history.
History is what good or strong relationships are built on, because you have been there and done that and made the effort to overcome it and there isn’t any festering within you. The road has been trodden and any settling has already taken place with parties of the same mind to go the distance and treasure that which they have. The grass on the other side has withered and no longer has the appeal you thought it would.
But most of all, minds have been transformed and growth has taken place to the point where another person’s well being and feelings are more important than ulterior motives; this is tenure in the reading for today where someone did something wrong to someone very close to his heart, yet was willing to walk away and enjoy other company, do other things for a while. And for a while it was good until he got to the point of wretched: everything was wretched in his life.
When he reached rock bottom, that person whom he had rejected was the person who seemed appropriate in reaching out to as balm for his solace; he humbled himself to the point of being very low and decided that the relationship was worth a go.
Have you ever been there and understand how gut wrenching these emotions can be, yet how satisfying growth is when it occurs? Jesus gave us this parable and you can take away that which you want from it, but remember Jesus is relational; God is all about building intimacy: maybe it’s time to go to your “father’s” house today, to regain what you are missing.
New trivia: a king fasted for one of God’s beloved sons; who are these two individuals?