Come around

ARE YOU waiting for someone to change? Has it been days, weeks, months, years — decades even?

How hard has it been for you? How much has it hurt?

Maybe you tried everything. You gave it all you’ve got, and then some.

Sleepless nights, your pillow soaked with tears, the unanswered messages — worrying, waiting, wondering. You got whipped around like a rag doll.

At one point things looked great and you felt awesome. Then it all came crashing down, and you felt so much shame.

You were called ridiculous — you even called yourself a fool. But something inside you never let go of hope.

Somehow, someway your heart said, they will come around, they will come home.

Now I will tell you this:

Never Let Go Of Hope.

Never let go of wishing well for someone. No matter how lost they seem, no matter how far away, no matter how much it hurts — wish them well.

You may not be able to do much, they might not let you in. But you can hope and pray.

And even if you feel numb and tired from the waiting and the pain — pray anyway. God hears every prayer.

If you made mistakes along the way trying to help, don’t worry. Don’t rest on your efforts. Don’t rest on the way they treat you. Don’t let the present emptiness consume you.

Instead, rest in the goodness of God.  Appeal to his mercy. Cry out to him. 

Things may look bleak, even for a long, long time. But don’t give up, don’t give in.

Yes, you can go on with your life. You can live joyfully. You must.

But maintain a place in your heart where a candle burns bright — where the light of the Lord shines brilliantly in a constant vigil for the one you care for.

Let go of your expectations, but carry infinite hope. 

And if that person is you, if you feel lost wandering in the wilderness, know this.

Someone is burning a candle for you in their heart.

The Lord of lords and the King of kings waits eternally for you to return. He will never pressure you. He will never use force.

He will only call out to you with the purest love of all.

It’s not about religion. It’s about getting and giving life. It’s about letting love in to rest in your heart — to bring peace to your soul.

And you know you can be forgiven of every single thing.

You can be good.

And you can fly free in grace and mercy.

Then, you can light a candle in your heart for someone else who is lost in the wilderness.

And you will wait patiently, longingly, lovingly,

…for them to come home. 

. . . . . . .

“What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it? And when he does find it, he sets it on his shoulders with great joy and, upon his arrival home, he calls together his friends and neighbors and says to them, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’

Lucas 15:4-6

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