A man who was commissioned to paint a picture of the Prodigal Son. He went into his work fervently, laboring to produce a picture worthy of telling the story. Finally, the day came when the picture was complete, and he unveiled the finished painting. The scene was set outside the father‚Äôs house, and showed the open arms of each as they were just about to meet and embrace. The man who commissioned the work was well pleased, and was prepared to pay the painter for his work, when he suddenly noticed a detail that he had missed. Standing out in the painting above everything else in the scene, was the starkly apparent fact that the father was wearing one red shoe and one blue shoe. He was incredulous. How could this be, that the painter could make such an error? He asked the painter, and the man simply smiled and nodded, assuring the man, ‚ÄúYes, this is a beautiful representation of the love of God for His children.‚Äù ‚ÄúWhat do you mean?‚Äù he asked, puzzled. ‚ÄúThe father in this picture was not interested in being color-coordinated or fashion-conscious when he went out to meet his son. In fact, he was in such a hurry to show his love to his son, he simply reached and grabbed the nearest two shoes that he could find. ‚ÄúHe is the God of the Unmatched Shoes.‚Äù
Are you quick to forgive, slow to anger, and never afraid to wear unmatched shoes on your heart?