In the mythic story of The Lion King, the lion cub
Simba is separated in his youth from his father through a murder
engineered by his uncle, Scar, the character symbolizing the evil
one in our story. Scar arranges for the cub to be caught in a
stampede of wildebeests, knowing that his father, Mufasa, will risk
his life to save his son. He does, and Simba is saved, but Mufasa is
killed. Scar then turns on Simba and accuses him, at such a
vulnerable and desperate moment, of causing his father’s death.
Brokenhearted, frightened, racked with guilt, Simba runs away from
This is the enemy’s one central purpose-to separate
us from the Father. He uses neglect to whisper, You see-no one
cares. You’re not worth caring about. He uses a sudden loss of
innocence to whisper, This is a dangerous world, and you are alone.
You’ve been abandoned. He uses assaults and abuses to scream at a
boy, This is all you are good for. And in this way he makes it
nearly impossible for us to know what Jesus knew, makes it so very,
very hard to come home to the Father’s heart toward us. The details
of each story are unique to the boy, but the effect is always a
wound in the soul, and with it separation from and suspicion of the
It’s been very effective.
But God is not willing to simply let that be the end
of the story. Not in any man’s life. Remember what Jesus taught us
about the Father’s heart in the parable of the lost son: "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 NIV). Filled with compassion, our Father God
will come like a loving Father, and take us close to his heart. He
will also take us back to heal the wounds, finish things that didn’t
get finished. He will come for the boy, no matter how old he might
now be, and make him his Beloved Son.
(Fathered by God)