Friday, March 10, 2006
Making room for JOY!
For parents of a prodigal, one of the rewards of surrendering our loved one to God is that we no longer have to be filled with panic, making room for joy. What a shame it would be if we would let the enemy rob of us of our joy in living. Afterall, we are standing in the gap; waiting on God to do His work--we shouldn't allow the enemy to take one more thing!
With the wedding of our daughter last summer, I experienced an incredible revelation of faith. I was determined to not allow any disheartening thing disrupt her very special day. Still, we all wanted our son to be an integral part of this cherished family event. This was risky business! Even in the prodigal parable (Luke 15: 11-32), we read that the son who stayed with the father did not understand the prodigal. This tension alone is worthy of another post!
My heart wept as my prodigal stood alongside my daughter's groom; so handsome in his tuxedo--tatoos proudly displayed. My heart was warmed with each smile and loving touch he extended to those who have watched him grow to a strapping 6 foot 4 inch young man. My heart rejoiced knowing that many in the cathedral sanctuary pray for him daily. My family was whole that day....for a brief moment in time.....my family was restored.
As my son toasted the bride and groom at the reception, my heart lept as I thought, "What a banquet we will have!" As I danced with my son that night, I began to imagine the celebration of joy we will experience the minute, the very moment he runs home. It was as if my heart understood God's heart. Luke 15: 20 says, "But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him." We may still have a long way to go before he runs home, but that night, dancing with my arms around the shoulders of my prodigal, I did not feel the hopelessness of the wait; I felt JOY!