God Runs

Did you know that God runs?

One day, an unkempt drifter blistered by the sun, barefoot and bloody staggered into the town center. His father, the CEO of a successful company, recognized the staggerer, got up from his desk and took off running toward his son. As he ran, the father’s expensive shoes kicked up dust onto his designer suit.

The father’s assistants gazed at the scene from the windows of their posh offices and one sighed. “The old man’s lost his mind.”

“He’s a fool for that no-good kid of his,” said the other.

The father opened his arms and embraced his rebellious son. “At last you’ve come home,” he wept on his shoulder.

Before the son could say he was sorry, the father forgave him for squandering his money and living like an idiot.  He even forgot the hurtful words the son had said to him years before when he took off for a better life, words no parent wants to hear – I wish you were dead.

Jesus told this father’s story to answer the question ‘what is God like?’ An assortment of losers, thieves, low-lives, dummies and rebels (just like us) needed the answer to that question.

And they got it. God kisses sinners with forgiveness. He loves to the point of foolishness. He watches for our return long after everyone has given up hope. He forgives before we ask. He loves us before we are able to love Him.

Look up, God is running toward you.

“God is love.” (I John 4:16)

(P.S. Check out Luke 15 for the whole story)

About rosemccormickbrandon

An award winning personal experience writer, Rose McCormick Brandon is a frequent contributor to faith magazines, devotionals and compilations, including Chicken Soup for the Soul. Rose is the author of Promises of Home: Stories of Canada's British Home Children (2014). One Good Word Makes all the Difference (2013), He Loves Me Not, He Loves Me (2012) and Vanished: What Happened to My Son. She's a frequent contributor to The Testimony, Today's Pentecostal Evangel and other faith magazines in Canada, U.S. and Australia. Rose also writes about Canadian history, specifically the era of Child Immigration from Britain. Read her stories of child immigrants at: http://littleimmigrants.wordpress.com
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4 Responses to God Runs

  1. Yes indeed, our God runs to us! I love your heart and your way with words Rose.
    Bless you!

  2. Carley says:

    Thanks for this message.

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