“But when he was still a great way off, his Father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.” Luke 15:20
Our Father gave us imagination for a good reason – not to picture the depravity that a prodigal may be living in, but to imagine what the reunion will look like. And this is a gem of a phrase that can help you do just that – this little phrase that holds such promise in it, that shows the Father and His character, especially to those prodigals of His.
Your prodigal may be a long, long way off, and you can’t see any movement out of the sewage into the Light – but take heart! The Father has different eyes and vision than we do – picture Him seeing His lost lamb, still a long way off, and bringing him home…
Ezekiel 37:23: “they shall not defile themselves any more with their…detestable things, or with any of their transgressions; but I WILL save them out of their dwelling places, and from all their backslidings in which they have sinned, and I will cleanse them. So shall they be My people, and I WILL be their God.”
Our Father is in the business of rescuing us. Always, always, always. Distance is no concern to Him, for “when he was still a great way off” the Father sees and has compassion and runs to the prodigal! Defilement is no concern for He is in the business of cleansing. Depravity is no concern, for He Himself says he will “save them out of their dwelling places (the pig sty)”
Take hope, dear friend. that child you are agonizing over is seen by the Father. Even when they are still a great way off.