Luke 15:20 – So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him an was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
Our world is full of opposites that happen at the same time: Even what’s sweet can taste bitter when you have too much of it. It can be 75 degrees inside during the winter and you feel cold, but it can be 75 degrees in the summer and still feel hot. You can feel overweight at 140 pounds, but 140 is a great number if you used to weigh 180 pounds. You can live inside your home, but you also live outside of the city. So it is with our lives - There can be something bad going on at the same time as something good. You can have a headache yet still enjoy your ice cream. And, you can feel upbeat while everything around you is pulling you down into the downbeat. Even though our world tries to drag us down into the darkest pit because of all the anger that rages around us, it still boils down to our perspective. Sometimes I feel like life is rushing. I feel so busy and need to move fast. I imagine a Taskmaster behind me running after me chasing me lifting his whip to hit me across my back. And so, I run, and I run, and I run. But when exhaustion comes upon me, I finally decide that I’m going to turn around and tell that Taskmaster that I need to take a break. So, I turn around and who do you think the Taskmaster is that’s chasing after me lifting his whip to hit me across my back: I am. It’s only me that’s Chasing Life. It’s only me that gets in the way of peace. God chases after us. He pursues us with love. He searches for us. He opens his heart towards us and wants us to know that all is forgiven if there is something that we ask for him to forgive us of.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.