What in God’s creation — what am I going to do? Here I am, down to my last dollar. I must be crazy, when I think about it.
A long while back, I told my father, “I am restless, don’t like working on the farm, I have ventures I want to explore.” He said, “Are you sure?”
I said, “Positively! However, can you bankroll me? I’ll need some money.” After much pleading, my dad goes to the bank and puts a mortgage on his home. Now, with the bucks in hand, I leave.
“Wow! Finally I am out of here.”
Now look at me. After all this time, I am down to my last dollar. All my money spent foolishly, be it wine, women or song. I blew it all and now? Nowhere to go. What am I to do? I have been an irresponsible son. I took my dad’s hard-earned money and wasted it on my ventures. If I go home, I am afraid he will kick me out. But it is my only alternative. So, I go.
Expecting the worst, my mind is mulling through all the alternatives that await me. Is he going to tell me, “In the final analysis, you made your choice! Now depart and live with it!”
As I approach the farm, I see my father running toward me. He probably spotted me and is going to tell me, “Stop and get out of here! You made your choice, now live with it!”
I am full of sorrow for what I have put him through. He rushes up to me and pulls me in with open arms and open heart, and says, “Welcome home son.”
Does the story sound familiar? It sure is. It is the parable of the prodigal son. Look it up Luke 15: 11-32. The message is simple. The Father’s love was all powerful and the son’s past was forgiven.
Many of us today struggle with the same feelings. Should I go to church and ask God’s forgiveness, regardless of how bad my transgressions are? The answer is definitely, “Yes!” He is awaiting…awaiting…with open arms and open heart!