So Laura and I went on our coffee date and got to catch up on a million things, such as our recent mission trips. As amazing as that was, what Laura shared with me afterwards, as we were on our way back home, really inspired me. To write. This. *
For about a week after missions she had been feeling distant from God. It all started with her listening to some secular music one day. At some point afterwards she was feeling distant from God and eventually decided that it must be because of her listening to that music earlier. Even so, she couldn’t get out of this feeling of being distant. She found it hard to get close to God at all.
Even though she sensed God saying to her throughout the week:
Fortunately, at some point Laura realized that it wasn’t the music she had listened to earlier on that week that kept her from feeling close to God and loved by Him. And it wasn’t God either. Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril or sword? What about death or life, angels, principalities or powers, things present or to come? Or height, depth, or any created thing?!? Nope. Nothing can. The love of God which is in Christ Jesus is stronger than all of these things (Romans 8:31-39, paraphrased).
Try to imagine a God who is so afraid of or disgusted by what we all do, that He cannot help but distance Himself from us every time we fail to meet His standards. It would mean perpetual separation. He wouldn’t have time to come back on the scene again before something else occurred..
Remember the Garden? God didn’t separate Himself from Adam and Eve. They hid from Him. But He was calling out for them. He wanted connection. And He hasn’t changed!
Laura realized how much she had felt that she had to do the “right things” in order to stay intimate with God. Then, when she happened to feel distant from God, naturally she searched for an answer to why. What had she done wrong?? It must have been that music..
Thankfully, God’s love is unconditional. His love for Laura didn’t change a bit because she listened to some music. It wouldn’t change for the worse if she had killed someone. It wouldn’t change for the better if she was the most saintly person alive.
I would suggest that there’s only one thing that can separate you from God’s love:
Not from messing up and disqualifying yourself. Then we’d all be in big trouble.
But we all have a choice to make. Will we say yes to God’s love? To His gift of grace? Or will we try to earn His love and run away from Him when we mess up?
Once Laura realized the lie she believed; having to work hard and not mess up in order to stay connected to God, she laughed at it.
Instead she could fully embrace the truth: “Nothing can separate me from the love of God. Nothing.”
What was left to do? Absolutely nothing.
And so she did..
* with permission from said person 🙂