Jesus made a point of using parables (earthly stories with a heavenly meaning) to illustrate His Father’s plan for us in our own lives. In the story of the Prodigal Son, we hear of a man who had two sons. This familiar story demonstrates the kind of love God, our heavenly Father, has for His children. It is unconditional, forgiving, unending and perfect.
Parenting is one of the most difficult occupations out there – and yes, it is a full time job. You’re responsible for another’s life, for the things they learn and become, for their discipline and social skills, for their behavior, what they eat, how they dress, healing their bruises both physical and emotional and that’s just the first year!
By the time they’re old enough to leave the nest, you’ve had a profound influence of good on your children. They’ve become outstanding citizens, hard workers and responsible adults – yeh, right. For most of us, parenting is done on a wing and a prayer. It’s a learn-as-you-go process not only for the kids, but the adults as well. God gives us lots of examples on raising children, but one that imitates His Fatherly love and compassion comes from one of Jesus’ parables.
The story of the prodigal son tells how an irresponsible young man left home and spent all his inheritance (which his dad gave him in advance) on foolish living. Within a short time he was begging for food and eating the scraps intended for pigs. It isn’t a pretty story. How often do we squander the inheritance God has so richly blessed us with? We take it for granted. We waste it. We squander all of it without gratitude.
Most fathers would find the story difficult to swallow. The behavior of the son was that of rebelliousness, The ungrateful son should have been punished for his disastrous recklessness. God, the Father (the prodigal’s dad in the story) welcomes his wayward son with open arms, just as He does for us. We’ve all sinned and deserve His punishment, but thankfully, His love is way beyond human comprehension and He welcomes us back without a blink or any expectations.
As we look forward to celebrating dads this weekend, let’s remember our heavenly Father. His love spans the breadth of the world. His love endures forever. He never stops loving us, even when we abandon Him. He will always remain at our side, even in the toughest of times, because He is the perfect Father.
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY, GOD!!