Friday, October 11, 2019
Just For You
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.
I first posted the above photo in August, when these two marvelous turkeys, a mom and a juvenile, begin visiting our yard to partake of the seeds spread for the birds, squirrels and chipmunks. Amazingly, the duo returns on a daily basis, sometimes more than once per day. How we love seeing them and watching the "little" one grow!
These photos show, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the young turkey is a Tom. See how his wattle is a brighter red than that of his mother? And the head more bluish than hers? Not to mention the size!
But sadly, these last few days, no turkeys have appeared in the yard. How I miss them! I'm constantly peeking out the kitchen or bedroom windows, or walking out on our deck, to see if they have returned at last. Yes, it's becoming an obsession of sorts.
After all, when wild creatures grace our days so faithfully, we can't help but become attached to them, imagining they are visiting just for us. I'm fervently hoping we will see our two feathered friends soon.
And I wonder. Did the father of the prodigal son spend hours, day after day, gazing vigilantly with tearful, wistful eyes, down the road his son took weeks and months ago? Hoping against hope that he would at long last see his beloved child returning home?
I can't help but think so.
When we wander from our Father in heaven, he, too, watches steadfastly for our return to Him, welcoming us back with a warm embrace that makes us wonder why we ever chose to leave in the first place.
If you've strayed from God's presence, turn around in repentance, and run into His outstretched arms.
His love is waiting. Just for you.
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