I can remember the feeling. Drowning in essays, your diary filled with revision and exams looming on the horizon. In exam season it’s so easy to just shut off to socialising, to friends, to church, to God.
It’s often hard to keep up a regular prayer life, go to church and spend time with God if you’ve got a load of revision and essay writing. You might even be feeling quite far away from God at the moment, you might not have spent much time with Him but wherever you are, whatever you’re feeling I’ve got some good news for you.
We have a God who is forever facing us with open arms, love in his eyes and a smile on his face. When we turn back to God whether we’ve been away from him for a few minutes or a few months we don’t see a face of disappointment or anger, we’re greeted by love and grace. That is how good God is.
This is the image we get in Luke 15 when the Prodigal Son returns home. The son has abandoned his father (who is God in this story) and has been away from him for a long time but when the son returns we find that his father has been waiting for him, forever facing the horizon waiting for his child to come back into his arms. Then we get this beautiful moment of embrace:
“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.”
– Luke 15:20 –
So this exam period may you know that right now God is only a step away, with his face turned towards you and his arms open wide.
May you know that however far off away you feel, we have a God who runs towards us filled with compassion.
And may you know that however tight the deadline or tough the exam you’re still loved by God and he’ll be there waiting for us to return back home to him.