Anticipation. There is something heartwarming when a loved one is waiting for you and welcomes you with open arms. I used to get that feeling growing up when we would make the road trip to visit my grandmother in Fort Worth, Texas.
My grandmother and her best friend who lived across the street used to babysit me as a toddler. The unconditional love of a grandparent is hard to describe. They loved and cared for me and fed me “hamboogie and chee chee’s… known to us adults as a hamburger and Cheetos. That was my favorite lunch.
She would take me to her mother’s down the street and I would play in the yard with my cousins. As I got older, I would hear the joy in her voice as she reminisced about the joys of watching me
I was never upset to make the long ride to grandma’s or as we called her Mother Dear. She would be standing on her front porch as we pulled into the gravel driveway. She was jumping up and down with joy, shouting, “where’s my baby…where’s my baby?”
I would make my way out of the car still sleepy from the ride. Her eyes lit up and her smile was as big as Texas. She held me in her arms and gave me kisses. I was never to cool for kisses from Ma Dear.
She would take me by the hand and lead me to the kitchen. There on her tiny kitchen table was a homemade coconut cake with cream cheese icing! She opened the refrigerator to show me a bin full of ice cold sodas and small chocolate milk cartons.
We would talk to her about our trip as she prepared for us her delectable, homemade fried chicken. She made the best fried chicken in the whole world! She had towels laid out for baths so we could refresh and her rooms were prepared for our stay.
I cherish the memories in my heart remembering Lillie Mae Dixon waiting for me to arrive at her home. However, there is someone who was watching and waiting for me to bring my committed heart to Him for years. His name is Jesus.
Every time I read the story of the prodigal son, I see myself in that story. (Luke 15:11-32) I may not have asked my father for half my inheritance but I had my moments of selfishness. I have spent some time slopping around in the “pig pen” as well.
What is so amazing about God’s love is He welcomed me just as I was. I did not have to get cleaned up or get my life in order. I just had to come home to Him with a contrite heart.
But when He came to his senses, He said… I will get up and go to my Father and will say to Him, Father I have sinned against Heaven, and in Your sight. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men. So he got up and came to his Father. (Luke 15:17-20)
Verse twenty of Luke 15 is key. There was action. The prodigal son made a choice. Whether you are a backslidden Christian like I was; lost in your stubbornness and selfishness or someone who does not know Jesus as Savior, He is watching and waiting for you.
God wants to transform your heart, wrap you in His arms of comfort and give you the kiss of His peace. God is not off somewhere busy with errands or lying down for a quick nap. He is waiting for you with expectant joy. No matter how long your journey or if you have lost your way, Jesus will never give up on you. He loves you.
But while he was still a long way off his Father saw him and felt compassion for him and ran and embraced him, and kissed him. (vs. 20)
I want to drive this point home. God is not frowning down on us when we return to Him. God is disappointed and He may be saddened when we don’t seek Him first in everything. He still loves us unconditionally. There are consequences for sin. Our Heavenly Father disciplines with love to mold us into the children He desires.
Jesus is waiting and watching for you to see things through His eyes. Seek His will, accept his unfailing love, live a life that glorifies Him in all that you do.
God has chosen us to be an integral part of His family. Embrace this and thank Him for His love and the promise of eternal glory with Him. He is molding us into shining beacons of hope in this dark and sinful world.
But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth. (2 Thessalonians 2:13)
Thanking God helps us keep our eyes on Him. This gives us great hope knowing He is watching over and waiting for us to return to Him. Brothers and sisters, God has been faithful despite of our times of our faithlessness. Return to Him immediately, seek His wisdom, and He will bless you.
You have dealt well with your servant O Lord, according to Your word. teach me good discernment and knowledge, for I believe in your commandments. (Psalm 119:65,66)
The love of Jesus is amazing, indescribable, and unfailing. Will you come to your senses and seek Him? Jesus is waiting for you.
Keep your eyes on Jesus,
Horace Williams Jr.