We are in the process of selling our home as we work towards living in Fort Worth (where my wife has worked for years and where I am starting my new job). We were fortunate enough to get a contract offered on our home quickly after listing and we are in the dreaded “option period”. This is the time where the buyer can back out for any reason and not really have a lot of fallout. During this period we also have our home inspected.
And if you have ever been through this before, you know how unnerving this can be.
Because you essentially give total strangers unfettered access to your home for 2-3 hours. They can look at anything and everything, going through the place you have called home for so long with a fine tooth comb and have the ability to find any minor fault.
At least, that is how it feels.
This experience brings up all kinds of insecurities about our house. Even though we have worked really hard to prepare our home for sale, there are many things that are out of our control. What if there is something wrong with the roof or foundation? What if we have a leak?
And the big question is, if they do find a huge flaw – will they still buy it?
Tonight, we read Griffin the parable of the prodigal son out of the Jesus Storybook Bible (side note, I highly recommend this bible for anyone trying to read the bible to their kids….the illustrations and stories are fantastic). Every time I read this story I am struck by both its beauty and how hard it is to believe. Like so many parables, we are reminded about who God is and who we are in light of this reality.
For me the father’s love for his son is both beautiful and incomprehensible. My big question is always this:
Is God really like this?
When I look at the son, I see both a beautiful and baffling story. The same question always comes up:
Am I really like this?
So, if God is really like the father and I am really like the son this story communicates something that is so incredibly difficult to believe:
Even though we are damaged goods and we have so many times knowingly rejected God, he is still watching and waiting for us to come back.
He isn’t asking for a certificate of repair or any guarantee that we won’t rebel again. He just wants us.
I can’t even imagine what it would be like if the home inspector found some huge structural or foundational flaw in our home and the buyer said: “don’t worry about it! We love this house so much that we can overlook that flaw!”
Can you imagine?
I believe one of the great tasks of the Christian faith isn’t getting everything right but to really believe and fall into God’s unrelenting love as spoken through this parable. Really, I believe this is the fight we will undertake for the rest of our lives.
Do we really believe God loves us that much?
What do you believe about this?