This afternoon we had the joy of meeting up with some old friends from Crowthorne – the Wells Family. There are actually five of them but the eldest son didn’t want to be in the picture!
The good thing about true friends is that you can go long periods of time without seeing or speaking to them and then simply pick up where you left off – but after a while, when you do get back together, you notice some changes too – Oliver is now taller than his mum whilst Emily, who is his twin, still has a bit of a way to go. Matthew, the eldest, is half way through sixth form and thinking about his next step while the twins are in the middle of the GCSE years – all three of them experiencing a year like never before. It was great catching up with their news, and the news of other people we all know, and of course sharing our own news (mainly about how awesome our grandchildren are!) whilst sitting in a socially distanced fashion under the gazebo in the garden.
Covid 19 has forced many people apart from their friends over this year; and slowly we are beginning to find ways to reconnect, rebuild those relationships and relearn how to live. At Church last Sunday evening we held the first service since March 23rd and it was wonderful to reconnect, even with the restrictions in place that meant we couldn’t sing or hug or share tea and coffee together. Just being with church family, in God’s house and in His presence, was so refreshing. So much so that we hope to do it again, soon!
And of course, the One person we have not had to be separated from in all of this time is God Himself. The Apostle Paul tells us that nothing – “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 8v38-39). That deserves a Hallelujah!
God is the one constant in our ever-changing lives, the one security we have, the one love we can depend upon. Yet there are times when we disconnect from Him – through our sin, or our laziness, or our forgetfulness, or our busyness, or our fear and anxiety – maybe that’s true for you right now, maybe it has been true for you, or will be in the not too distant future. Be encouraged that He never disconnects from us once we are His. Jesus says, “all that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.” Again, please note the word never. Like the Father in the Parable of the Prodigal Son He is waiting, and watching, and hoping for us to reconnect with Him, and share our news with Him too. In the words of the song, “you say you’ve walked a thousand steps away, but don’t you know it’s just one step back? Because the One who hears you pray, is the One who’s there beside you and He’ll never walk away” (“Just Reach Out” by Petra).
Why not take some time over this weekend to reconnect with God? “Just reach out, and He’ll reach in.”
God bless, stay well