One day when Christ faced complaints that he received and ate with sinners, he answered his critics with several stories (Luke 15 and 16): “The Lost Sheep,” “The Lost Coin,” “The Prodigal Son,” “The Unrighteous Steward,” and “The Rich Man and Lazarus.” The middle story—about two very different sons—has meant the most to me. A number of years ago, I was thinking about the story, and I told God that I did not want to be either of those sons. I definitely did not want to waste my time going after the world, but I also was not interested in being the older son who exclusively kept his nose to the grindstone without experiencing the love of his father.
So, God painted a picture in my mind … two rocking chairs waiting on a front porch. A light came on for me as He explained that there could have been a third son, a son who took time to know his Father’s heart. Had the prodigal or his older brother spent enough time with their Father, they would have understood the depth of His love for each of them and His willingness to bring good into their lives. Then, God spoke to my heart that He is always available to sit on the front porch with me. Believe me, I have been taking and will continue to take Him up on His offer. I love spending time with my Father.
While looking for a header for my blog, I fell in love with the image of the bench under the tree. Like the two rocking chairs on the porch, this bench has room for two: God and His child. It is my hope that these blog posts will encourage you spend significant time alone with God. Whether sitting with Him in the two rocking chairs on the porch or on the bench under the tree, that time could well bring the joys of light, life, love, and good to you.