Jerusalem, Jerusalem! You who kill the prophets and stone those who were sent to you. How often I wanted to gather your people together, just as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings. But you didn’t want that.- Matthew 23:37 CEB
I love this image Jesus paints of God’s desire for us: a mother hen that longs to gather her chicks under her wings. Here we find love and shelter, grace and protection.
The opposite of this image though, is what breaks the Lord’s heart – when we go our own self seeking ways, when we reject the love that God is offering.
Sometimes we stray from God because, like little chicks, we just wandered off. Other times we go our own way intentionally to seek life on our own. Either way, God’s loving arms are always open to welcome us back into the fold.
Where have you strayed away from God’s love and grace to go it alone, whether intentionally or not? A good way to think of this is, “Where in your life do you feel far from God?”
As one of my friends used to say, “If you feel far from God, guess who moved?” The good news is God still loves prodigals. You can read about it here: Luke 15:11-24
Prayer: Lord, reveal where I have moved far from you in my life and welcome home again under your wings. Amen