In the Bible, Jesus tells the story of a man whose son demands that he be given his inheritance so that he can go out on his own. The father reluctantly gives his son his own livelihood and watches as the boy goes off into the world. The father knew that this was not about the money; no it was about a son rejecting the father’s love.
As the story goes the young man goes to a faraway land where he blows through his money in no time at all. Of course when the money is gone the good times are gone and when the good times are gone so are the friends. Now we find the boy with no money, friends or food. He has to take a job feeding pigs and wishing that he could eat the pig slop. And then finally one day he decides to go home and ask his father for forgiveness.
Now you may think this story is about the prodigal son but it is not. The story is actually about the father. You see as soon as the boy left, his father began to watch and pray for his son to come home. Day after day he would stand at the gate looking and longing to see his little boy coming down the road. Finally the day comes when the old man sees his son coming home. The old man we tears in his eyes runs to meet His boy. With hugs and kisses He welcomes him home
You know on second thought this story is not about the old man. It is about God and you. Maybe like the boy you have rejected the Fathers love. Maybe you have taken your life and wasted it. Maybe you have found yourself in the hog pen of life and you have found that hog slop doesn’t taste so good.
Here is the good news, our Father in heaven has been waiting and watching and longing for you to come home. He is waiting to receive you with open arms. Won’t you leave the pigs and come to the Father. I can see Him now, when you start walking toward Him He will come running to you. He will clothe you in His righteousness and feed you from His table. You know He loves you, pig slop breath and all.
Douglas & Deborah Huff
From Down Where the Pavement Ends