GOD MEETS US WHERE WE ARE


“…Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’ The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’ ‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’” (Lk 15: 25-31)

So the father also “went out” to, and “pleaded with,” the older son, just as he ran out to the younger son “while he was still a long way off.” (Lk 15: 20) Because God, our Father in heaven, is willing, – even eager, – to meet us where we are. Despite our mistrust and resentment of Him, for various reasons.

Today let me listen for, and hear, how God is pleading with me, to let go of my mistrust and resentment of things as they are. It is His way of doing things, which I do not always understand. Today let me let go a bit of my vision of how things should be for others and myself, and let God sort it all out. “Everything I have is yours,” He says to me today, while calling me to trust how He manages that “everything.” Thy will be done, I say to Him today, whether I understand it or not.

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