By Angela Cox
I once read a story about the "The Prodigal Son", a young man that wanted to receive his inheritance way before his time, meaning before he was mentally ready and wise enough to handle it. (He reminds me of a teenager that says, "I can't wait until I get 18, so I can move out of here, and do what I want!) Anyway....
One day he decided to go to his father with "his hands out" to ask for his fare share of his inheritance, but instead of his father saying "No" to his sons request, he gave him what he asked for.
Once this young man received his inheritance, he anxiously set out to venture and splurge aimlessly until his inheritance was all gone, leaving him broke and hungry, with no one to care for him or give him anything at all. After reality set in, and he came to his senses, he decided to swallow his pride, and return to his fathers house to plead for mercy and forgiveness with the hope of being accepted again. Fortunately, he was accepted with opened arms and loved by his father as if he never left home or made such a careless mistake.
As we can see here, the prodigal, like myself and most human beings that walk the face of the earth, possess a simple character flaw that's called being anxious and sometimes we want things that we're not mentally, physically, or spiritually ready for or able to handle. We want too much too soon.
For example, we rush into relationship's without the slightest whim of the persons true character or intentions concerning us, or we give too much of ourselves too soon. We share all of our personal business with people that are not mature enough to keep it confidential, and we share our deepest secrets with those that will misjudge us and cast seeds of condemnation. Some will even use what we tell them (especially in relationships) as ammunition during a heated argument to remind us of our past with the attempt to bring our spirit down. It's only after our anxious decisions have left us in shambles, and we walk away feeling empty, worn out and broken inside that we finally come to our senses. It's not until we fall hard, that we can recognize that we all stand in need of Guidance from Someone far more wise than we are, and that's God.
There is a Heavenly Father we can turn to that cares. He knows that we like the prodigal son, lack wisdom or think that we know what's best when in actuality we don't. He knows that we are flawed beings in need of change from within. But he also gave us a free will and allows us to go through things to teach us life lessons (without taking them away from us). He allows it so we might learn from being anxious and making poor decisions. Sometimes it's not until we've lost everything or squandered good things away that we acknowledge our need for him, and that our way may not be the right way, but He knows what's best for us.