When I was a young bride, we moved from Michigan to Maryland to begin our new life together. My husband’s family was in California, mine was in Michigan, so we were truly by ourselves in this unfamiliar place. We loved this exciting stage of life and the adventures of our surroundings. But, I have to admit, the distance from our loved ones was difficult.
Recently, both of my children moved out of the area and once again, I am facing being separated from my loved ones. Though it is a bit different than when I was younger. Today, we live in an age with Face-time and internet connections that bridge the miles between us much easier than letters and phone calls.
Distance may separate us, but by keeping in touch, this distance is lessened as our lives are woven together through these modern connections. However, we all look forward with great anticipation to actual visits. We treasure sharing in the day to day events, eating, hugging resting and playing.
As I sat this morning doing my devotions, I was praying for my family members and mourning the distance that separates all of us. I felt grateful that I could pray for them and have the confidence they are held in the loving care of God at all times. It even occurred to me, that though we feel physical separation, there is no spiritual separation between us. Isn’t this like our relationship with God? There is never separation from the presence of God. He Is omnipresent, always with us, today, tomorrow and nothing can separate us from his spirit.
In spite of knowing this intellectually, emotionally there are still times that I feel separated from God. But I am not alone in this. Even David reflected about times of feeling distanced from God. In Psalm 10:1, he writes “Why, O Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in time of trouble?”
Romans 8:38-39: reminds me “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
What a promise. We are never separated from God! Robin Jones Gunn wrote “If you feel far from God, guess who moved?” Yes, there will be times we feel distance from God just like we feel a physical distance from our own loved ones. How do we reconnect with those loved ones that are far away? Through increasing communication; letters, calls, pictures and more. How do we reconnect with God when we feel distanced from Him? Through increasing communication; prayer, worship, reading scriptures and even singing songs that remind us of His promises.
Dear God, Thank you that there is not anywhere that I can go to get away from your spirit. That if I go to the depths you are there even when I do not feel your presence. Help me to muster the energy to pray, read and reach out to you when I feel so far away. I know it is not You that moved and I am so grateful for your steadfast love for me when I experience this. Amen