Updated: Nov 2, 2020
I love the story of the prodigal son. It’s my absolute favorite.
It makes me cry every time I read how the father embraces his son even though his son had wronged him so badly.
My second favorite story is in Matthew, where the shepherd leaves the 99 sheep who stay close to him to go find the 1 sheep that wandered off.
Do you see a theme here?
I love the stories about God seeking lost people.
I love that we have a God who still pursues us when we have chosen to take our own path, not His.
And a God who, when we do return, welcomes us with open arms.
He extends to us grace and forgivness with our return. He doesn’t list all the things we did wrong..
He actually celebrates us coming back to Him.
I love this.
Probably because this is my story, too.
Actually it’s more like intentionally running away from God.
Knowing I wasn’t where I should be but remaining there anyway.
I knew God had better things in store for me but I ignored Him which lead me to a lot of shame and destruction.
But by His grace, I was found, and finally met Love Himself.
What a difference my life is now. Still so far from perfect, but filled with so much more love.
It doesn’t matter where on earth you are, you are never too far gone.
If you are lost, it’s not too late to ask Him to come get you.
He will. And He’ll leave the 99 to do so.
He is an amazing father. Relentless in His pursuit and love. Never failing.
So to you who are wandering or feel lost, go to back to Him.
Because He never walked away.
He always remains open and waiting for you.
You cannot be separated from His love.
And it’s the greatest love you’ll ever know.
~Kelli Bachara, The Unraveling Blog