“We’d rather be in the will of The Lord hours from family and everything we have ever known than out of His will surrounded by the ones we love and familiar with our surroundings.”
That was the answer we’d give folks when they’d ask why we’d move so far away from home. It was our mantra for packing up our family and moving a day’s trip away.
But our four year old needed more of an illustration than an explanation. So The Lord gave me the story of the prodigal son.
It went something like this: “see Punkin, the boy was living with his daddy right where God had put him but he decided that he didn’t like where God wanted him. He thought it would be better for him to be somewhere else. So he decided to leave the place God had put him. But when he got to where he thought would be the best place he realized that it was way worse there. He wasn’t happy at all. So the boy wanted to go back to the place God told him to live. He went back to his daddy and started living where God told him to. Then he was happy again because he was living where God wanted him to live.
We know that Jesus wants us living here. And even if we decided to go back to where our family is we wouldn’t be happy. Our hearts will be happiest here because this is where God wants us.”
Peace would come over that child. She’d go back to playing and laughing within seconds of hearing the story of the prodigal son.
And my heart would burst again with thankfulness for the guidance of the Spirit and for the healing balm that the Word provides.
Jesus continually offers peace and guidance to his children through his Word. Look to it for reassurance and comfort.