“So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.” Luke 15: 20
We know the story. The younger son asks the father to divide up his estate and give the younger son his portion … NOW! What if your child asked you to sell your estate and give him what he would get when you passed away? This father divides his estate and gives his son his inheritance.
The son leaves the family and goes off into a far country and squanders all the money and becomes destitute, eating the food that the pigs are eating.
Scripture says that he comes to himself and realizes that he would be better off in his father’s house as a servant. He decides to return to his father, ask for his forgiveness, and ask to be a servant in the household.
As he returns, his father sees him and runs to him, hugs him and kisses him. He was waiting for him to return.
That’s what happens in our lives. The Lord is always there, waiting for us to approach Him, to shoot up a prayer or say a quick “Thank you.”
He’s there in the middle of the night when we can’t sleep. He was there when I had fibromyalgia. Many nights were filled with pain, but those were some of the sweetest times, when I was truly alone, in the silence, in the dark, pouring out my heart to the Lord, reading the Psalms, and feeling His presence.
He is so patient as He waits on you. Our waiting on the Lord is for His perfect timing; it’s entering into His rest.
But the Lord is waiting on you to return to Him, to practice His presence, and in that sweet communion, He empowers you to live in the fullness of His promises, in the fullness of His healing.
Is the Lord waiting for you to return to Him?
A prayer for you
Oh patient Father, thank you for waiting on your children to return to You. Gracious Father, in the silence You are there; in the pain, You are there; in the darkness, You are there, and when we return to You, You run to us, embrace us, and kiss us. May these visitors be empowered to practice Your presence and walk in the fullness of Your promises and in the abundance of Your healing.