Day 17 | Sensible Steps
I'm sure we have all done things we have regretted and made mistakes we are not proud of. I am also sure that we have all had moments where we have come to our senses and changed from our sinful and selfish ways and turned corners to live the way God would have us live.
Getting back onto that clear path is not as hard as we sometimes think. We wander off and get stuck or lost. The only thing hard about being lost comes down to how hard it is for us to ask for directions.
I have been lost many times. It used to always be difficult to ask for directions. Probably pride. Perhaps embarrassment, which is still pride. There have been too many times to count where, with Julia in the car with me, she would exclaim, "why don't we just stop and ask someone for directions?" So, I pretended not to be lost - proud!
Jesus tells a story that illustrates this point very well. It's about the prodigal son, or the lost son. It's about a son who lost his way at home before he ever left home and really messed up his life. It actually speaks a metaphor of all of us. We have all (at some point) got lost and wandered away from God.
The story has an amazing turning point, while the son is at his lowest point, in a far away land. He comes to his senses and realises he would be way better off at home with his father. So he makes sensible steps all the way home, nervously approaching his family home.
The story climaxes with a welcome home celebration. The lost son is stunned to find his father has been waiting for him to return the whole time. He is overwhelmed with the father's loving kindness.
No matter how far we wander off, always remember, home with God's family is only sensible steps away from where you are right now.
Get up and go back to God!
TIME TO THINK:
Recall a time when I came to my senses, got up, and went back to God.
Why am I so reluctant to ask for directions?
Father, You are the most loving and gracious of all. Thank you for being so patient with me. Most of all, thank you for always welcoming me home when I finally come to my senses and turn back to You. Help me stay the path. Amen.
Luke 15:11-24 NLT
“To illustrate the point further, Jesus told them this story: “A man had two sons. The younger son told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now before you die.’ So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons. “A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money in wild living. About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve. He persuaded a local farmer to hire him, and the man sent him into his fields to feed the pigs. The young man became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything. “When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”’ “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. ’ “But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began.”