Every Christian knows the parable of the Prodigal Son. The story of the youngest of two sons, who squandered all of his share of his father’s wealth in reckless living. He was therefore rendered penniless at the time of a famine and tried to make ends meet by feeding pigs in a distant country. The Bible says that ‘he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything.‘
We often find ourselves in similar situations. After days or even months of rebelling against God, we sometimes end up in a pigsty, a new lowest of lows. This is a terrible place to be in, and there might seem no way out. It takes great willpower and strength to pull ourselves out of the endless plummet. We hence choose the easier way out, we choose to stay, wallowing in self-pity. We are in fact making mud angels in the pigsty!!!
Like the prodigal son, we wonder if God would ever forgive us if we went back to him. Shame pulls us back, but hope pushes us forward, and we reluctantly take a step forward. But when we do reach our home, we find that our mighty, loving Father, has been patiently waiting for us to return all this time. And when he finally sees us, he runs towards us and holds us in a tight embrace. We might seem unworthy and useless to the world, even to ourselves, but never to God.
If you are hesitant to return to God today, I urge you to stop making the mud angels and take one step towards Him. He will run to you. He is looking forward to seeing you back, embrace you, and celebrate your return.
Take that step.
It will be worth it.