There is a shine, a shimmering look of false light that has caused many a ship wreck and Love waits patiently for those who are deceived by its glossy glimmer.
“Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took his journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in loose living.” … Luke 15:13
One day a man told Buddha, “I want happiness” … Buddha replied “Take out the ‘I’ for that is ego, take out the ‘want’ for that is desire, there Now you have ‘happiness.’
These two stories or parts of stories share a great deal of similarities as they both show what it looks like to try to find happiness in any other place other than Here and Now.
The story of the Prodigal Son wasn’t about wasting money, it was about Not seeing The Perfect Love that holds us Here and Now. This story was about seeing that, “the kingdom of God is within you”, and Resting (having Faith in) that knowledge.