Since when does VeggieTales make me cry!?

I don't know what it is about the parables in Luke that seem to catch my interest right now, but I'm finding so many connections!!

We live... we make mistakes... we disappoint people, but who will love us no matter what? God and our family, especially our parents; however, even our parents aren't perfect. What's so great about God is that His love is everlasting, indescribable, and unconditional. Whatever we do, He will never love us more or less than He already does.

Even when we have done the unforgivable in the eyes of the world, God will embrace us! The parable that I'm referring to is the parable of the Lost Son. Rather than being wise with what he was given by his father, the younger son threw all he had away recklessly. He went home with his shoulders lowered in shame, but what did the father do? He called for a celebration, "for this son of [his] was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found" (Luke 15:24)! The last thing that he could think of was what the younger son did because he was so filled with emotion, knowing that his son was home safe in his arms. What precious love is this!

This is the picture that shows our relationship with God: "We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him [Jesus] the iniquity of us all" (Isaiah 53:6). So not only does God look past our wrongdoings, but He placed them on the shoulders of Jesus as he was on the cross. God made Jesus BECOME sin (2 Cor. 5:21) so we didn't have to face the penalty of sin: death (Romans 6:23).

The idea of this blog was actually rooted from my devotional yesterday, talking about how constant God's love is for us and how Hosea's life painted a picture of how much God loved Israel despite the constant adultery:
" 'Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the springs rains that water the earth' " (6:2).
We are promised in God's Word that as He surely appeared to the Israelites, He will surely appear to us in 2013. Aaaannddd... of course... I have to be reminded of a song:
"You'll come,
Let your glory fall as You respond to us.
Spirit rain,
Flood into our thirsty hearts again,
You'll come.
You'll come."
GOD IS SO GOOD! Our hearts are thirsty for Him and He never fails to provide for us. What an amazing truth! Amen.

Along with a song, I felt a bit nostalgic and the topic of the prodigal son reminded me of the Wizard of Ha's, played out by my favorite friends growing up, Veggie Tales! As a kid, of course I didn't firmly grasp what Big Idea was trying to portray through all the giggles and nonsense that the characters did, but now that I have read the stories, it touches my heart!

Remember that no matter what the circumstances in our life, no matter how bad you think you've screwed up, LOOK UP! Run home to God, your Father! He will celebrate your return no matter how many times you run from Him. He will love you foreverandeverandeverandeverandeverandeverandeverand...you get the picture. :)

God bless!
 

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