Even the least adventurous among us enjoy the occasional exploration. For those who have been most sheltered, the curiosity of just how much greener the other side’s grass truly is can overcome our best efforts to be good. We do find, though, that once that first step is taken, the second step is much easier - and the third, and fourth. Eventually, our starting point is just a silhouette in the background shrinking out of sight, out of mind. This is the new normal. This is who we are now. There’s no going back. Even if we wanted to, could we?
But if you are God’s child, there are times that, no matter how much you tried to suppress it, you heard that still small voice asking you to return. You know this isn’t right. You know you shouldn’t be here right now. You know. But this is what you want. Isn’t it? You’re torn. You’re conflicted. There is a war going on inside. Your friends have no idea. In fact, nobody does - except God. That’s His Holy Spirit drawing you back, convicting you of your sin, letting you know that there’s always a place set for you at His table. So here’s the facts:
Fact 1: No matter how far away you have drifted, you can come home if you want to.
Fact 2: Scars remain, but forgiveness and healing and reconciliation are all available in quantities infinitely greater than you will ever need.
Fact 3: These are not reasons to abuse God’s goodness, but they are wonderful reasons to take the plunge, to bid goodbye to the world you should’ve never visited in the first place, and to ask God to do what He does best - give you a fresh start.
For the believer, that’s what repentance is: turning from sin and returning to God. And just in case you question whether He will have you back - He is right back where you left Him - arms open wide, ready to embrace you and love you with that same infinite love that has never wavered - despite the mistakes you may have made. Find your way back. It’s time.