Nothing could have been worse for a Jewish boy than to waste everything and end up in the middle of a pigpen--wanting to eat the pig's food. His condition snaps him into reality and he decides to return home to his father. And when he does, he finds his father waiting with open arms.
The psalmist speaks about our heavenly Father...
"The Lord is merciful and gracious. He is slow to get angry and full of unfailing love. He will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever. He has not punished us for all our sins, nor does He deal with us as we deserve. For His unfailing love is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. He has removed our rebellious acts as far away as the east is from the west. The Lord is like a father to His children, tender and compassionate for He understands how weak we are." (Psalm 103:8-14)
God is an understanding father who waits on us to come to Him.