Anyone who has had to travel for work has felt the pangs of separation from their loved ones. You’re far away and the distance is an ache of loneliness. You know you will be returning when the business is done but that doesn’t seem to help much. You end up taking out a picture, reflect on the good times and remember that your relationship still holds regardless of the distance. That helps.
Sometimes the separation isn’t physical – it may be emotional or spiritual. Sickness, bitterness or some other brokeness can put ‘miles’ between us and God. We feel totally ‘separated’ and ‘messed up.’ The Psalmist describes the feeling; “Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am weak; O Lord, heal me, for my bones are troubled. My soul also is greatly troubled; But You, O Lord—how long?” (Psalm 6:2,3) There within the separation is a longing for return; “return, O Lord, deliver me! Oh, save me for Your mercies’ sake! For in death there is no remembrance of You; In the grave who will give You thanks?” (v 4,5) All we have to offer is an impoverished child-like bargain – save me God and I’ll praise you.
Jesus is the best antidote for this terrible burden of separation; “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) And the rest is in the relationship with our Saviour that assures us that nothing can separate us from His love. The apostle Paul says it best; “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38,39) This scripture is the best picture of our connection to God through Jesus.
Distance of any sort doesn’t matter! God Himself assures us; “‘Am I a God who is near,’ declares the LORD, ‘And not a God far off? Can a man hide himself in hiding places So I do not see him?’ declares the LORD. ‘Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?'” (Jeremiah 23:23,24) Open your heart to Him and He will comfort you.
Go in peace for you cannot go where God is not.