Ponderings with Doug – March 2, 2018

DougFUMC
I wish to quote the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland, to wit:

“I’m late, I’m late for
A very important date.
No time to say hello, good-bye,
I’m late, I’m late, I’m late
I’m late and when I wave,
I lose the time I save.
My fuzzy ears and whiskers
Took me too much time to shave.
I run and then I hop, hop, hop,
I wish that I could fly.
There’s danger if I dare to
Stop and here’s a reason why:
I’m over-due, I’m in a rabbit stew.
Can’t even say good-bye,
Hello, I’m late, I’m late, I’m late.”

I started this article on Monday and I have run out of time. I’m late, I’m late for this very important deadline. So here is my thought for this week. Or you can quit now and enjoy the deep thoughts of the White Rabbit.

In the story we call the Prodigal Son, which is recorded in Luke 15. The wayward son returns. He is a broken failure. He has been in a far country living large. Kid comes home broken. Dad welcomes him back with open arms.

Allow Dr. Luke to finish the story, “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate.”

I want you to ponder the shoes.

The shoes on his feet made the journey to the far country an easy walk for the Prodigal. It is one thing to walk away from dad bare-footed; it is another to put shoes on your feet as you are abandoning the faith and love of your Father. If you are going to keep the boy at home now that he has returned, don’t give him back the shoes! He might leave again. Keep him bare-footed and on the farm.

God’s love does not operate like that.

The shoes symbolize freedom. God’s grace is so amazing that when sinners come back to God, they are granted freedom. Wasn’t it freedom that got them into trouble in the first place?

You are now introduced to the paradox of grace.