The story of the Prodigal Son isn't about people who run from God as much as it's a story about a God who runs towards people.
The story of Jonah shows us that you don't hold grudges: they hold you. One of the most Christ-like things you can do is forgive someone who has intentionally set out to harm you.
We've all been to a place called "then." We're all heading to a place called "there." So what do you do when you feel stuck in a place called "here?"
For God SO loved. God has got a case of the "SO loves" for people. You are the object of His obsession.