The word "separation" is common and used regularly. There is the separation of church and state used to explain, define or defend certain laws or actions. Then there is the separation in marriages which puts distance in their togetherness...sometimes healthy and sometimes not. There is separation in the kitchen too when a recipe calls for only the whites of an egg so the yolk must be separated - this can be challenging but necessary. As sportmoms we may find it necessary to separate our children from one another giving them time in different rooms to reconsider an altercation.
All of these separations can be for good or not so much. It has been said...
"The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart."
During team practices and preparation for a season of play, one of the tough assignments of a coach is to decide first who will be on the team and then who will be first string. This separation process is both challenging and necessary in order to reach the goal of putting together a competitive team. Many a sportmom has high-fived her athlete when they were selected to be on a team or to serve as a first string player. And many a sportmom has had the duty of consoling her athlete when the line of separation meant not making the team or being on the second string. These separations, although painful, ultimately determine the season outcome.
Our Creator set the stage for the process of separation. He separated the formless earth from the heavens, he separated day from night, and land from sea creating separate creatures for each. He also separated the foliage by designating a tree whose fruit was not to be touched. And finally, He created man and woman - separated in function but one in purpose. These separations God called "good".
There is, however, one separation that Paul, the Apostle, speaks about in his book to the Romans that will never happen...one that is not possible...one that we can count on!
"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:38-39 NIV
This truth eliminates cruel fears providing the confidence that no one can come between us and the love of our Creator and Heavenly Father. It is a promise in which we can place all of our faith and hope. Although we are separated from God's heaven while we remain on this earth, nothing here can keep His love from us...for that I am eternally grateful.
QUESTION OF THE DAY: Since He chooses to love us, will we choose to love Him?
Blessings...as you eliminate the SEPARATION that brings connection.
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