Sunday, September 15, 2013

A Love So Huge

"But now we must celebrate and rejoice, because your brother was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found." - Luke 15:32

We spent many weekends and vacations camping when my children were growing up. It was one of the best things we ever did as a family.
On one trip, when my oldest was only about 5, we went to a campground that was having a bluegrass festival. The campground was crowded and people were setting up in fields and shared campsites, etc.
Suddenly, I realized that my son was missing. We started yelling for him and checking out nearby campsites. As minutes ticked by, my fear grew and grew. I was about ready to panic when my husband shouted he had found him. Turns out my son was visiting a neighboring camper and none of them had heard us calling.
What relief! The joy was so great, that I couldn't even get angry that my son didn't tell me where he was.
I think that is what God is trying to tell us through the parable of the Prodigal Son. He forgives and welcomes us home because His joy when we turn back to him, is too "huge."
Being a parent, I get that.
Lord, thank you for loving me with an unconditional love so huge, so deep ... a love that just goes on forever.  Thank you for always watching for me, ready to welcome me home, no matter what I do, no matter how lost I get. Help me to love like you. Amen.

edited from Sept. 2010


Nancy Shuman said...

This helped me "get into" the story of the prodigal son in a fresh, new way!

Colleen said...

Nancy, thank you! That warms my heart!

Daily Grace said...

This is a beautiful story Colleen. I have never lost one of my children, but I have watched one of them turn down a path that frightened me a lot. When that child started to turn back my joy was huge too.

Thank you for this great post.

Michael said...

Thanks for sharing this personal experience - it certainly gives us modern-day context for this parable!

God Bless you

Colleen said...

Daily Grace, thank you! We parents understand that kind of joy eh?

Michael, I like doing that when I can - modern day view - thank you!

Victor S E Moubarak said...

I'm sure parents would understand the great joy when a loved one returns to the nest. And that's how God feels about us when we repent.

God bless you and yours, Colleen.

Barb Schoeneberger said...

What caught me in your story is that your son was nearby with others and nobody heard you and your husband calling. I think that God is always calling us from very nearby and how often we have wandered off enjoying ourselves and deaf to Him. But He never gives up calling just like you never gave up - a true Abba - who never rests until we are safely in His arms again.

Colleen said...

Barb, your comment is sooo beautiful! I love how you saw this event. Gives me more to ponder!!