Friday, April 15, 2011
Love That Goes The Distance
The first thing that comes to mind when I ponder the word distance is loss. I think of the distance between me and the people I love who are no longer with me. My Grandma Laila, who died when I was nineteen, was the person who taught me what unconditional love looks like. I never disappointed her. She always looked at me with her love goggles on, which filtered out any imperfections. My Aunt Diane, who was a spiritual mother to me, died of ALS almost eight years ago. She understood me in a way that no one else ever has. I often long to sit with her and talk for hours like we use to do, so I can glean her words of wisdom, joy and hope.
I also think of the distance between me and long sought after dreams…dreams of a husband and children and a home to call my own. Those dreams seem so far away. Sometimes I feel like I have caught a glimpse of them but then, for some reason or another, those hopes are dashed, and like a mirage in the desert the dreams disappear from view again.
Then I consider the idea of “going the distance”, which just sounds like a lot of work. It makes me think of the trials I have faced and will face in the future. And if I am quite honest I can say that rarely has going the distance felt worth it…it has just felt like I am being stretched and pulled in uncomfortable directions. The stretching and pulling has resulted in growing, but I always wish that growth could come in an easier fashion. But that is just not reality, growth always requires struggle.
So can distance ever be a good thing? Oh, yes it can! And in the most important way possible!
There can be security in distance when the distance is between you and something repulsive or menacing.
“He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.” Psalm 103:12
Now that is a distance for which I am grateful! Jesus loves us so much that He willing accepted a brutal death on a cross. His sacrifice so far removed our sins from us that they can no longer be seen, and therefore they can no longer be counted against us. Because Jesus gave up his life for us, we can rest in the knowledge our overwhelming debt for the sins we have each perpetrated has been absolved the moment we choose to accept His love and decide to have a relationship with Him. Once we accept His love, Jesus puts on His very own pair of love goggles, obscuring our flaws and failings so there is no longer any distance between us and the promises of Heaven.
Hugs & Smooches,