My mom and sisters are together today in Michigan and I’m home in West Virginia. Days like today are hard on me as I’m far away from the women who’ve loved me the longest. I can’t believe I’ve lived 500 miles from them for 35 years now! We’ve talked about those times when we were all young mothers and weren’t able to connect with one another very often. Back then our only options where calling long distance….but who had the extra money….or writing letters……but who had time! We missed out on a lot of each others’ lives and when we finally got together? Non-stop talking to try and catch up!
Now, here we are. Our children are grown and on their own and I have grandchildren! We’ve come a long way and so has staying connected. I’m so thankful for texting, cell phone calls, and Face Time. Technology today helps bridge the miles so that sharing the big events and little moments keeps us close even though we’re hours apart. And when we finally get together? Still non-stop talking!
I long for connection. I ache for time with my grandsons and family, but also with my friends and those in my church . It goes even further than that as a writer because I also yearn for a connection with those who read my thoughts and reflections. I don’t know about you, but being separated leaves me feeling depleted and isolated.
You know? The same is true about our relationship with God. It’s so easy to let ourselves become detached. Busy lives, difficult circumstances, relationships, or our priorities can cause us to become disconnected from the One who has truly loved us the longest! Talk about depleted and isolated!
I’ve issued a connection challenge to myself, maybe you’ll want to join in. Am I (Are we) seeking God’s message as often as a text? Looking forward to being one on one with Him as much as with those with whom we Face Time? Spending the same amount (if not more) time in conversation with God as with the contacts in our phone? I can tell you, I have some changes to make!
God designed us with the desire for connection with others, but more importantly with Him; so He sent Jesus to die for you and me, giving us free access to His direct line. No dead batteries. No glitches in the internet. No blocked calls. He’s anxiously waiting for us to finally put down our phones, call out, and connect with Him. And just a little reminder to myself: When we get together? Less talking and a lot more listening! Just say’in………………..
I’m glad to “connect” with you today! It’s hard to believe this 31 Day Challenge is about over! If you’d like to read more thoughts on connecting go to http://www.fiveminutefriday.com