"Remember this. When people choose to withdraw far from a fire, the fire continues to give warmth, but they grow cold. When people choose to withdraw far from light, the light continues to be bright in itself but they are in darkness. This is also the case when people withdraw from God.”
I was watching a television program this week about the unsung heroes of the World War--the mothers who sent their boys away many to never see them again. It told of one young man who disappeared over the South Pacific. Of his mother the comment was made that she left a light on every night until her death, always believing that he would some day return. That light represented safety and security and welcome. Even though her son had gone into the darkness of war she was signaling where safety could be found.
When we get caught up in the chaos and darkness of the world, there is one thing for certain, our safety base does not change. The light and the warmth and the protection of the Father's arms remains the same, no matter how far away we roam. The light is still on, the Father is still watching and open arms are still there. We can find refuge, quiet, and light. We just have to go back.
So he got up and went to his father.
But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
Have you moved out into the darkness and the cold? Are you feeling distant? Return to the Father, he keeps the lights on.
Father thank you for welcoming me back when I wander away. Thank you for the safety of your arms. Forgive our wandering spirits and draw us to you. For Jesus' sake, amen.
Our hostess today is Kathryn at Expectant Hearts. Please visit and be blessed.