Reading through the story of the prodigal son this morning God reminded me that He has given us the freedom to choose Him or not. While the son was in the distant country his father never went after him. The father could have gone to bring him home, but it wouldn't have changed the son. The son had to come to a decision; the decision to continue to live in squallor and pain away from his home, or to go home, repent, and be with his father and family. Seems like a no-brainer, doesn't it? Yet man continually thinks he can live without the Father.
What a blessing to have a wayward child return to the graces of the family! But even more of a blessing is the child who was true and faithful and never left.