Unexpected Lessons

Rembrandt, The Return of the Prodigal Son, c. 1668

 

You know what was one of the most surprising things about this Lent for me? The unexpected lessons from the Father, the bearhugs He gave me that have been both a little painful and a lot heart-warming.

He’s shown me some hard truths… some of the dirt I’ve missed — or frankly, ignored — but He’s been pretty gentle in how He’s done it. In my case, it was a good dose of humility… just when I think I’m well on my way to having this pride thing licked, He shows me that it’s a lot bigger onion than I realized!

But even more than pointing the dirt out to me, He’s shown me how much better I look when I get cleaned up!

I used to be afraid of that kind of Fatherly discipline, but now I thank Him for it. If I remember.  🙂

What are the unexpected — but good! — lessons that He’s taught you?

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