We live in the sun light of the resurrection. This light pierces the darkness and it cannot be held back. During this season in world history, I realize, I need Jesus more than ever. I need His Body more than ever. We were meant to be together and this separation is driving me crazy. We are socially distancing but my desire is for connected fellowship … which is just the opposite.
We need His light to shine into all of us. Even though I hate this, God promises to use it for our Good. To make us better, more loving, more like Him. Jesus understood separation when He went to the cross and cried out “… my God, my God, why have you forsaken me? It seems, at that moment, He felt abandoned.
We have other examples in scripture on how separation from one another was handled. When the Apostle Paul could not be with those he loved, he wrote to them. We have many books in the New Testament of him doing just that. For instance:
... But since we were torn away from you, brothers, for a short time, in person not in heart, we endeavored the more eagerly and with great desire to see you face to face, because we wanted to come to you—I, Paul, again and again—but Satan hindered us. For what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not you? For you are our glory and joy. (1 Thessalonians 2:17-20)
Paul desired to be with the church but was prevented by Satan. He had to find other ways to connect. First he wrote letters to them, and ultimately sent Timothy to take his place.
We are being ordered by our governing authorities to remain separate, to socially isolate and stay home, but … we are not apart. We know that the Holy Spirit provides unity. When we cannot change what is ... embrace it, and ... do what we can. When life changes the way we do things ... find other ways. The Gospel is not hindered by being physically separated... as we have many other tools. Let us not complain and groan, let’s move forward with what we have. The technology of today is not letters written on parchment-scrolls hand-carried from one place to the other. In our modern world we have amazing advantages in sending digital images, writings, videos, and sound to anywhere in the modern world instantaneously. Let us use them wisely.
Let us embrace what we have and connect, love, communicate, fellowship and worship together. Let us not grow weary in doing this as we do not know how long it will last. God is not hindered and neither are we.
Let us keep looking out for one another,