Sunday, May 26, 2013
Bread For the Journey
There are many things that separate us - distance, broken relationships, language and misunderstanding. Oceans and mountains and rivers are physical barriers that often separate us from those we love and they need to be crossed, scaled and bridged if we are to come together
Our oldest son and his family live in Seattle and we had made plans to meet them for a day's outing on Saturday.
Then on Thursday night my son phoned to tell me that the bridge over the Skagit River in Washington state had collapsed leaving a gap in the I-5 highway.(thankfully there were no serious injures)
The I-5 is the main thoroughfare going north and south on the US west coast and there are 70,000 vehicles that cross that bridge each day. There are other routes that cross this river but they involve driving miles around and travelers, commuters and truckers must now endure long line ups on these detour routes as they try to make their way north and south.
The trip to Seattle on the I-5 normally takes a couple of hours but now there is a river that physically separates us and because we are unwilling to spend our day in traffic lineups our plans to meet our children on the weekend have had to be changed.
Earlier in the week I'd chosen a passage from Romans to write about and find now that this news item illustrates perfectly the separation we often feel from others and even from God.
However Paul assures us in Romans 8: 35, 38-39 that there is NOTHING that can separate us from the Love of God through Christ. Christ is the bridge that crosses the gap between God and man.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
When we have trouble or calamity, when we are hunted down or destroyed, is it because He doesn't love us anymore? And if we are hungry, or penniless, or in danger, or threatened with death, has God deserted us?
NO,.....for I am convinced that nothing can separate us from His love. Death can't, and life can't. The angels won't, and all the powers of hell itself cannot keep God's love away. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, or where we are - high above the sky, or in the deepest ocean- nothing will ever be able to separate us from the love of God demonstrated by our Lord Jesus Christ when He died for us. (the Living Bible Version)
We will not always "feel" God's presence and will sometimes wonder if He has left us on our own but be assured, NOTHING can separate us from God's love.