This appointment with God is written with the permission of my daughter.
Over five years ago my daughter and I had a fight. It wasn’t just any ol’ fight, but one that would change the lives of both of us. One moment I had a daughter who was living at home, and the next I had a daughter who was leaving her home to go and find what she was looking for.
During the years that she was away many things transpired within her life that a parent would never want their child to experience, and because of those things, and not having control to bring her home… (she was over 21) I had to let her go.
Over those five years the only thing that I could do was to wake up each day and pray that she would remain safe. No matter what she was going through or where she might roam, I prayed through the course of each day that God would watch over my child, and when she learned all that she needed to learn, my prayer was that she would return home.
Last month my prayers were answered, and my daughter returned home with very little. She had no car… little money… and everything that she needed was placed within a few bags. Her only need was to know that she was welcomed home.
For the past month I’ve watched has God blessed her. Where she wasn’t able to find a job where she was living, she found a job within her first few days home, and was kind and gracious when all I had to offer her was a room and a blow-up mattress to sleep on. Her comment, “This is the most personal space I’ve had in a very long time.”
Last night she came home from work and the two of us took a walk. As we were walking she was sharing with me all the amazing blessings that have been happening within her life, and when she said, “Mom, today the company gave me my own email address, and when I saw my name attached to a company that believed in me, I was so happy. When my phone rang I noticed that my name showed up. It was such a little thing, but to me it was so exciting to see that I’m part of something and I’m getting paid to make a difference.”
At that moment I stopped walking and watched as my daughter walked ahead of me. I couldn’t help but SMile at the thought of how appreciative my daughter had become to the things that one would just expect when they are given a job to do.
Then finally my daughter turned around and saw that I wasn’t moving as quickly as she was and asked, “Are you coming ol’ lady?”
I SMiled and said, “Your story is so similar to the story in the Bible of the prodigal son. He too left his home, and when he learned what was important within his life, he returned home to those who knew how important he truly was.”
At that moment I asked her if I could share her story. She SMiled and told me she didn’t care, so if anyone happens to read my tiny Appointment with God today and you too are missing your child… I wanted to share the beauty of children who have to go into the world alone so that when they finally find what they are looking for… they do. They come home to what they were missing, and that would be…
The simplicity of knowing that someone loves us that much!
11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.
13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs.16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.
“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.
21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.
25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’
28 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’
31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’” Luke 15: 11-32
To all those who are waiting for the one that you love… Keep waiting, because they’re on their way home. Some children just need a little more time to arrive than others.
ONWARD TO ENJOYING MY DAUGHTER!