“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me. Your sons hasten back, and those who laid you waste depart from you!” (Isaiah 49:15 NIV)

Like so many other parents, I have a child not following the Lord in the way I would like, so I was praying fervently for him.

“God would you send your Spirit to draw him to you. Father, wrap your arms of love around him and never let him go. Spirit, bind him to you with cords that cannot be broken.”

As I prayed, the Spirit gave me a picture.

I saw our son plodding away from both us, and God the Father, with his head down, his feet dug in; he was straining to get away. What he couldn’t see, was that there were two broad, elastic bands wrapped around him, stretching back from him, to God and us. The more my son pulled and the farther away he went, the tighter and stronger the pull of the bands became. Suddenly, in a moment of weakness, he lost his resolve, and his grip, and his feet slipped, snapping him back to the Father’s heart, and back into our arms of love. He was right back where he belonged.

This was a beautiful picture to me, that the farther he went from God, the stronger the pull of the Spirit on his life became; a comfort in times of sorrow and pain; a hope for restoration of relationship. God is faithful, so let’s continue to pray for our wandering children with faith, hope and love. They WILL return.