Posted by: Anne | August 27, 2011

when God runs

When God Runs

You will never find evidence of God running from an enemy, a situation, or an unpleasant person. But, he has been known to run. He runs to embrace someone who is distant, has made bad choices, or has found themselves in difficult or degrading circumstances and is seeking a helping hand.

In the parable of the prodigal Son (Luke 15: 11-32), Jesus poetically painted the picture of a young man who had made poor decisions. He had run from the safety of his father’s home. Turned way from the wisdom of a clean life and loyal relationships. He found himself in a horrible place, filled with regrets, and decided to go home. Although he did not expect to be received back as a son, his father ran to him when he was far off and welcomed him home with great enthusiasm.

I think we can all relate to the son here. We have all done dumb things. Every one of us has wandered from convictions and found ourselves in a pit of despair. When that happens, we need to remember that our Heavenly Father is looking down on us, silently pleading that we would return home.

His forgiveness is real and tangible. His love is everlasting. And, His grace is overpowering.

Although we all feel unworthy of his love (right now, you might be arguing, “but you don’t know what I’ve done) as if you have committed the unpardonable sin, God is just waiting to pick you up, brush you off, and convince you of His love.

Even if you have wandered from the safety and purpose of a loving relationship with God, He is just waiting for you to move towards him.

God never ran in fear…but his incredible love for you will fuel a sprint. He will take you in his arms and welcome you home, not matter where you have been or where you have drifted.

As a source of encouragement, take a few minutes and read the story of the prodigal son. It is found in Luke 15:11-32. Read it slow enough that you can picture the selfishness of the son (we all struggle with selfishness). Allow yourself to envision him as he made decision that were fueled by instant gratification without a thought to right and wrong, or the consequences. I believe you might relate to some of his motivations and practices. But, before you finish with the story, picture the Father seeing him…seeing you, far off and running to meet you. As you read about the party thrown in the Son’s honor and all of the gifts lauded on him, realize that God desires to do the same for you. Be encouraged. You aren’t perfect…none of us are, but God is on your side and just waiting to run to you.

(Source: – used with permission.)

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