I've had an idea for a post on separation that I've been sitting on for a while. Sometimes, when I get an idea, I think on it, pray about it, and think on it some more. The idea is like a rough stone that must be sent through a tumbler repeatedly before coming out shiny and smooth. The crazy thing is that ONLY I am the one who is expecting a 'shiny stone' when I blog. I guess I just need to get over having everything "perfect" and just post what God has laid on my heart. So, without further ado...
As a military family, we frequently experience separation. Deployments, detachments, cross countries, etc., etc., ad nauseum...
So, when our most recent separation began, I realized that there was a similarity in my personal situation with my spouse and my eternal situation with my Savior.
Stay with me here... You see, being separated from my husband is difficult. For practical purposes there is one less person to help run the household. For personal purposes, my best friend is gone. Yes, there is phone calls and emails, but nothing can take the place of face to face communication and connection. While most of our family's separations have been due to my husband's job, none have been chosen by us. We'd rather be together.
However, my separation from God was ALL my CHOOSING. I chose not to KNOW Him. I chose not to acknowledge the truths that He'd so clearly written to me in His Love Letter, The Bible. And, had I not come to KNOW Him, to turn my life over to Him, I would be eternally separated from him.
Imagine separation from your kids, spouse, family, loved ones -- then expand that. We have a loving God sent his ONE and ONLY Son. Imagine the separation anxiety. He knew what he was sending His Son to endure. To die for us. Separate myself from my one and only son? Nope. Not me. I couldn't do it. No way, no how.
A Heavenly Father that loves you so much He'd send His son so as to avoid eternal separation from you? Yes. A God that loves you so much that His one desire is a relationship with you? Yes. He loves us exactly where we are, but also loves us enough to refuse to leave us there. That's BIG love! I can't imagine being separated from that. Not for a moment. Not for a day. Certainly not for eternity.
I pray for you, my friends. If you haven't already done so, turn your life over to God. Remove the major separation in your life. You will find your cup filled to running over with blessings!
"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." Romans 8:38-39
Separation at our house:
TheBoy put his Daddy Doll in MotorMan's spot in the bed, "So you can remember of Daddy."