I spent time this evening baking a ‘Smores treat to take to work tomorrow to celebrate my boss’s birthday which was actually on Monday. Since he was out of town celebrating all alone, I wanted to do something nice for him. Who doesn’t like the crunch of a graham cracker, chocolate and marshmallow? [drool] I want to celebrate my boss.
I was in the kitchen for quite a while cleaning up while the “Smores baked in the oven. When I finally had a moment to rest, I plopped in the chair in front of the television watching my favorite baseball team. From the corner of the room was Mojo, my cat, racing to jump into my lap. It felt like a reunion of a span of many years the way he was racing to get to me. He gets all cuddly with me and he purrs and kneads my stomach and my lap. He nudges me under the chin with his head and I pet him and kiss him on the head. Through all of this I feel undeserving of all his attention since I leave him for at least 9 hours a day and when I am home, I go about my business and yet he is excited to see me.
The Kairos moment happened when I could picture the prodigal son returning home. He was so far in the distance, but the father recognized him and ran to meet him. He gave him hugs and kisses, the finest robe and rings for his fingers and orchestrated a celebration party. He did this because despite the son’s departure and length of time away, nothing could change the fact that he loved his son.
No matter where you have been, no matter what you have done, God our Father is waiting farther out than we can see and he will recognize you. He will run to meet you where you are. He will celebrate you for no other reason than just because He loves you.
Luke 15:11-32 (NIV)
The Parable of the Lost Son
11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.
13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.
“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.
21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.
25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’
28 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’
31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”