Are you far off?
Do you feel like you are in a distant country wondering how you got so far off the mark? Are you scratching your head thinking, how did my life come to this?
Or are you lying down in green pastures? Are you wondering why you have been so blessed despite your failures and frailties and for some, fatherless-ness?
Then, perhaps, you have met the God who wears running shoes.
Jesus was always telling everyone about this God who runs.
So he got up and came to his father. 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. Luke 15:20
We can forget this part of God so easily because we can’t seem to get our eyes off the ground…off our stuff.
We are familiar with looking down aren’t we? We have tipped our chin downward toward the natural state of things, whether it’s what is on ourselves, our neighbors, our iphones. We miss the wonder that, God, in all of His brilliance and majesty and love, would even think of running toward us.
So he got up…
Four little words hold the key to seeing a running, embracing God.
Four little words propel us to look up past the lack, the what-ifs, the how- comes.
Four little words leads us home to a God who isn’t waiting at the door, but is running toward us.