“I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.”

If this passage seems familiar to you, it’s because it’s from the prodigal son story. If it doesn’t seem familiar, the story is about a son who asks for his portion of his father’s inheritance.  He goes out and spends all of it until he has nothing left. He is alone.  No one likes him because he used to pay for everyone’s drinks and tabs.  Now he’s eating with the pigs. By Luke 15:18, the prodigal son has realized what he’s done and wants to come back to his dad, but as a slave.  He wants to make the money he wasted away back.

If we think really hard about things we’ve done in our life, this sounds a lot like the things we choose to do. Whether it be going off with a guy we know our parents don’t approve of, soon realizing how much our parents were right.  We come back with our heads down because of how wrong we were and how right they were. It could be starting a small business and having a few investors give you money to get started. Then the business starting to fail. In both scenarios we would feel awful and want to make it up to the people we’ve wronged, and, or didn’t believe/listen to. These moments where we know we messed up, aren’t easy to admit. However, there’s a blessing in disguise. No matter what those investors or your parents said to you in response of your actions and downfalls, God never wants to shame us.

The story of the prodigal son finishes with the father waiting at the front of the house, just hoping that his son would return and when he finally did the father didn’t scold him, but instead greeted him with open arms and said “welcome home son”. The father then proceeded to throw a party for him, because he was happy to have his son come home. This is exactly what the Lord does when we turn away from the earthly things, and follow Him; coming home. God doesn’t love anything more than He loves His children.

Kaitlin O