O God, how do you see me when I am still a long way off? When my heart is fearful and consumed with the worries and cares of this life? Are you heartbroken, longing for me to turn and come home to you, so that you can give me the peace and the comfort I so desperately need? Are you filled with compassion for me, leaping from the front porch and running through the fields to wrap your arms of love and care around me, and bring me into the joy and delight of your house once again? Are you so full of affection for me that you can’t keep your hands from my hair or your lips from my cheeks?
O Father, it is so easy to get lost in this life, so easy to lose track of who I am and whose I am. In the midst of the brokenness and the pain of this world, it is easy to lose track of your care and your provision. It is easy to start believing that I am alone and it is all up to me. O Father, even this day I know I will get lost again amidst the flurry of activity. Circumstances and chaos will rear their ugly heads and sweep over me, and I will forget your love and your care. O God, when that happens today, please come and find me. When I am still a long way off, leave the comfort of your house and come running to me. Wrap your arms of love and mercy around me and, once again, bring me home. Allow me to come and rest in the warmth and safety of your loving embrace. For you are my home.