Imagine a boy, soiled and sweaty after playing in the backyard. His father sees him—dirt, mud and all. But instead of being revolted, his father gently scoops him from the mud and says, “Let’s get you cleaned up, son.”
Now that same boy would not go to school, for he is being bullied by his classmates. So his father instructs him, “Muster your courage. You can’t just run from your fears,” then adds, “I’ve got your back.”
And when the boy gets sick, his father watches over him all through the night and whispers, “If you need anything, I’m just here.”
So when the boy grows up, he makes a name for himself and receives wide recognition. In the midst of the cheering crowd is his father, smiling contentedly and says, “That’s my son.”
Imagine that father as THE EL ELYON GOD—the Lord Who Owns—who says:
Who cares if you’ve fallen into sin again… if you’ve run so far away from me? Didn’t I come to seek and save the lost? And didn’t I already bear every sin there is when I was crucified on the Cross?
Yes the world is unsafe and the enemy is prowling about waiting for someone to devour. But didn’t I say ‘Fear not for I am with you'? Didn’t I say that I rule over the world… that I have overcome it?
And I haven’t forgotten the sicknesses that taint this world—plus the poverty, the corruption, the rejections, the failures. But didn’t I receive whips and lashes that you might be healed? Didn’t I become poor so that you may be rich? Didn’t I receive scorn and rejection that you may be accepted?
All these, I did, because YOU ARE MINE. It is I who formed you in your mother’s womb, not the enemy who pushes you to sin, puts you to danger, and prevents you from having a full life. It is I who created you, so I will do everything for you, for you are mine.
So run to El Elyon as a boy does to his father. And when you finally feel His arms around you, maybe all you could say is, “This, here, is home.”