by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Hawthorne describes a man, Wakefield, who lives in London with his wife. One day, he simply decides to leave his wife and to her, he mysteriously disappears. She eventually assumes the life of a widow.
In the meantime, Wakefield remains in London, living in secret nearby. He watches his wife from afar but makes no effort to reconnect with her or with any of his other friends and acquaintances.
Ten years later, he passes by his wife on the street -- but she does not recognize him through his disguise and aging. Twenty years after Wakefield vanishes, he decides to return to his home.
The narration stops after the front door to Wakefield's old house opens. The outcome of his reunion with his wife is unclear, is it to late? As a wife -- I see only two possible conclusions, either his wife truly still loves him and takes him back or she tells him to go back to whatever or wherever he has been.
Once we meet Jesus and have a personal relationship with him, it is hard to believe that we would intentionally -- just walk away from Him. Still, it seems that many Christians have done and are doing -- just that.
When we attempt to live by our own religious plans or projects, we are cut off from Christ -- we literally fall out of grace. We walk away from His mercy and his forgiveness of our sin -- we try to carve out a new way, which is usually, our way.
This change in our path does not come from the One who called us into the race in the first place. No, sadly this highway is wide -- it belongs to the world and we seem to just follow this road-way because it is "the path of least resistance."
The Lord knows His children -- He knows our weaknesses and quickly He says to us, "You're walking away from your first love -- but why? You must turn back! It is time to repent and to restore your love for me, there is no time to waste! This is not the time to abandon our relationship!! Come back to me, my child! For I come quickly!"
We may not even have recognized that we got off course -- but if we have become very comfortable with the world and its ways, it's time for a self-check up! It is time to look in the mirror and see who we reflect more -- do we see a Godly image or -- do we see more of a worldly influence??
God not only pleads with us to turn back to Him -- He calls to account those He loves. He urges us to get up on our feet -- do an about face and then run after Him!! He waits patiently because He loves us so!
This is the battle cry -- there is little to lose, and so much to gain, -- "Sound the Alarm!"