The path of repentance begins in a moment of gracious enlightenment. Jesus’ parable of the Lost Son reveals utter blindness giving way to understanding the fruits of sin. The lost son did not easily realize that he was lost at first. Even though he was destitute it took pig slop to open his eyes.
By God’s mercy I hope that the Heavenly Father sticks my nose in the pig trough every time I wander. This is what we all need because only there, face-to-face with the pig slop, will we understand the stupidity of our sin. I pray we don’t stop there though–we must return to our Father. He longs to restore us to himself and renew our status as his children.
“Search me, and know my heart. Test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24