i've been following the blog of a family in the process of bringing their adopted son home from haiti via humanitarian parole, and the struggles they faced getting him to the united states. after the young boy was denied a flight to the u.s. on a c-17 because of missing paperwork, his father decided to go to haiti and get him. it proved to be a long enduring week as the two of them slept on the floor of the embassy and dealt with the legal bureaucracy of paperwork.
my heart cried out to God for them as i followed his updates and his frustration. he mentioned that each day his son would ask, "we go home now?" and his answer was no. and then his son would ask, "you go home now?" and he would answer, "not without you".
this story made me think about the father-child relationship. our Father-child relationship.
not without you. our Father would go to the ends of the earth to be with us, to get us, to bring us back.
"for this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them...I will rescue them from all the places where they were scatttered on a day of clouds and darkness." ezekiel 34:11-12
"...but while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him, and kissed him." luke 15:20
our Father is waiting for us. our Father is waiting with us.
"the Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance." 2 peter 3:9
"the Lord watches over you- the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night." psalm 121:5-6
our Father fought the battle for us and won.
"and having disarmed the the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross." colossians 2:15
He loves us so so so much.