Millions of people were touched yesterday by the Commercial for The beautiful Clydesdales during the 2013 Super Bowl.
A short story of a man raising a colt to adulthood, having to set it free so it can find it's way in the world, coming to a finale where they see each other and the colt comes running to his caretaker in a heartfelt moment. If you are like me, there was a tear or two shed :)
This commercial gave me a beautiful reminder of the ending in The Prodigal Son in Luke 15.
A son decides to leave his family to make his way in the world. He chooses to live a life of parties and self-indulgence which finds it's eventual end when the economy takes a nosedive. The son tries to make his own way for a while, eventually realizing that a pigsty was to be his only place of refuge. The son realizes that his home with his Father even as a hired hand was much better than a life eating pig food. So, he humbly makes his way home, considering all of the apologies which must be said for the life he has led.
His Father, out for His daily watch, sees His son on the horizon and immediately goes running to him, filled with compassion. The son and The Father meet and The Father is so happy to see him that all He can do is hug and kiss him.
Did you catch that? "Immediately" goes running to him. There was no consideration of the things His son had done, the money the son had squandered, the moments He spent worrying about him.
And isn't that just like our Heavenly Father? He creates us, sends us out into the world and when we "choose" to come back to Him, He comes running with Open Arms. No questions, no considerations, no judgement, only Love.
Luke 15:24 .... 'For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.'
We ALL have the opportunity to run to Him. And He will welcome us with Open Arms. We who once were lost, now are FOUND.
Thank You Father that we are Your Creation. Thank You that we can turn to You and You welcome us with Open Arms. Thank You for the peace which comes from turning to You.
Your Loving Daughter