I don’t particularly love to travel. I give it up to being poor and simply content to live and play in the area that I have been in for the past 50 years. That being said when I do travel, it feels so good when I get home to Las Vegas. This past Holiday season I traveled to Brunswick, Georgia to visit my precious Sister in the Lord and her family. I know that 10 years is a long to go without being able to embrace someone you have grown to love. I hope to do the same again.
I never believed long distance relationships were possible. In my own beliefs, there were too many miles and not enough physical presence.
But slowly I began to realize that when you truly love someone, the distance only makes the bond between each other stronger. I think about the book of Solomon, how the young man chases his beloved down. I realize that’s the case between the Lord and His beloved church. No matter the distance, the Lord is always calling us nearer towards Him. While many desire the physical presence of their first love (or second…etc) nearer to them, the Lord is beckoning the Christian heart or any heart at all to cling to Him.
I’ll admit that in my youth I wanted to draw closer to the Lord, but I also wanted a body to hold in my arms. It took me a long time to understand that God works in the Spiritual realm first. then, if He chooses to, He will work in the Physical world.
In other words; I didn’t know how to approach God at all.
It took a moment of pure weakness and crying out to God for me to understand that the Lord is attracted to the completely broken heart. Now the broken heart, or the pierced heart, comes when you first hear the Gospel and proclaim Jesus as your Lord and Savior, but through the years and my experiences I’ve come to realize that God needs to constantly break your heart in order for him to draw near to you.
It just doesn’t work any other way. Oh, don’t get me wrong…God works in any way He chooses. But if He doesn’t get your attention through a broken heart, He will get your attention through a stubborn hard heart. After all, if God created that heart inside of us, He can rebuild it too.
I’m reminded of the opening line to the Six Million Dollar Man TV Series:
“The Christian, a man barely alive. Gentlemen, we can rebuild him, we have the technology. We have the capability to make the worlds finest Christian.. Better than he was before. Better. Stronger. Faster.”