Two thoughts I’d like to hone in on with this post.
I don’t know why I told my Mom, “I’m running away from home” but I did. Yes, I ran away from my loving mother’s home. I shouted it at her. She said, “well then, you are going to need some things, here follow me. I’ll help you get ready.” Grabbing Dad’s big red handkerchief. She laid it flat on the bed. Then she put a pair of clean underwear in it because you will need this for your trip. Placing a clean hanky and a pair of socks she took me to the kitchen and put an apple in my dad’s red handkerchief. Tying it up she patted me on my back and with an “I love you, and we will miss you” she opened the door. I ran away from home. Fifteen minutes away I sat down among the trees in the wooded area behind our house.
Life began with waking up and loving my mother’s face. George Eliot
The year was 1950. I was eight years old. I do not recommend anyone handle this the way my mother did. The world we live in today is different from the time of the 1950s.
Jesus tells a similar story in Luke 15. A young adult son decided to run away from his father’s home. My mother took her cue from this story in her response to me.
Then He. [Jesus], said: “A certain man had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood. And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything. “But when he came to himself,… Luke 15: 11–17a (NKJ)
Luke 15 is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. Because Jesus tells vivid stories of how the kingdom of God reacts to our wayward ways.
- In the first story of this chapter, He tells how in His kingdom looking for the lost among the many is paramount.
- The second story Jesus notes nothing will stop God from sweeping until He finds what is lost.
- The third story reveals the heart of God. He lets people choose their own fate. We hold within our grasp the choice to stay or leave His presence.
This brings me to my two thoughts.
First: Sometimes, you have to leave your family member or friend go. Even though their choice will bring them harm.
I’m sure my mother watched from the kitchen window my trip into the wooded area behind our house. But, she did not run after me.
Jesus lets us know the father, in His third story in Luke 15, left his son run. The father stayed home. But he kept looking for his son to return and when he, [the son] return he welcome him back home.
When I came to my senses sitting among the trees, I walked back home. Entering the house my mother’s greeting was; “Oh, you’re home, dinner will be ready soon”. To my recollection, nothing else was ever said in our house about my running away from home. Mom accepted me! That is what mattered most to me.
Second: God waits and accepts you when you return.
God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well. Voltaire
Are you a runaway from God? Know this one thought. God knows where you are. He is waiting for you to come home. The choice is yours and yours alone. Make today the day you enter His house of acceptance.
God will let you run. His love runs faster than your pace. So now is the accepted time to stop running and return to the God of your salvation.
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