Tuesday, November 20, 2012

"When He finally came to his senses, he said to himself, 'At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger!  I will go home to my father and say, "Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you.  (Luke 15:17-18 NLT)

I wrote this song a few years ago, while sitting in a moldy hotel room in Jacksonville, Florida.  I was doing a lot of reflecting at the time, and was coming to realize that many of the things I had worked so hard for not were not making me feel whole like I thought that they would.  In that moment of quietness I realized that I was craving simplicity, quiet, and a life filled with deep relationships.  So many of the things that mattered so much before now seemed silly.  I was beginning to turn around, and this song was exactly what I was feeling that morning.

I believe that it's every young person's dream to get out on their own and start living a life with no limits to some extent.  They want to live in the real world and experience things they've only heard about from a slightly older crowd of influence.  Sometimes it takes weeks, months, or even years but eventually, they come to their senses and realize that the grass on the other side of the fence is actually crab grass.  In Luke 15, we read the story of an impatient young man.    He wanted what belonged to him immediately.  It wasn't long before the money ran out from the indulgent lifestyle that he had grown accustomed to but he did come to His senses and realized that he belonged at home.  The distant land can be across the street if a young person has left the Biblical Principles that they once held to as important.  We need to realize that we all make mistakes, some more "epic" than others but just as this young man's father was waiting on him to arrive home, I believe that our heavenly father is waiting on us as well.

What is God calling you to do through this passage?  Do it intentionally and always think relevantly.  God's message never changes.  Will you live passionately for God through lessons learned in this passage?

written by Jeromy Deibler of FFH & Jamie Vaughan (c) 2012 Provident

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