Last Thanksgiving did not go quite as planned. I received no response after sending my son a text: “love to have you over.” How quickly a hurt momma wanted to cancel the day, crawl into bed, and stay there until the next day. Does this sound familiar? If so, I am sorry. I want to tell you that it gets better soon. Your prodigal child may finally hit rock bottom and realize that you are needed. Our prodigals must go through their process, mistakes, and life experiences.
This season, I want to remind you that life does not stop while praying and waiting for your prodigal child. Life keeps going, and we must continue walking out our purpose in God. Though we may feel a sense of loss, we still have many reasons to be thankful. Especially for the hope we have through Jesus.
Just like the father in the parable (Luke 15:11-32), we must wait for our prodigals to come to themselves. While we wait, we can hold on to God’s Word.
The following scriptures have given me the most comfort:
Romans 8:28 (KJV) “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” This is God’s promise. It is comforting to know that it will all work out for good. The Scripture instructs us to train up our children in the way that they should go (Proverbs 22:6). If we have done this— put the Word in them, we only need to believe God.
Philippians 4:6-7 (ESV) “Do not be anxious about anything but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known unto God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” The promise of God’s peace guarding my heart has helped me get through the most challenging days and nights.
I encourage you to pray and meditate on the Word to receive the peace only God can give.