Separate but Not Forever by Sarah Petit
April 16, 2020
I keep thinking “Should I keep a diary?” Is this serious enough for diary keeping? Nah. Even if I did, most of my entries would be “Dear Diary, I CAN’T stop baking. Help!”. 

I’ve also been thinking a lot about what being separated means. Separated from family, friends, church family. How hard it is not to serve with those dear people every Sunday! Joining this church plant has been an amazing experience of finding joy in service, building new relationships, and bearing one another’s burdens. Hardships have been shared and carried. The work of the Holy Spirit working in and among the church. Seeing new life when it was prayed for so earnestly. Tears shed over prayers answered and rejoicing over the faithful works of God.

All that. Now cut off. Boom. A door slides down. You amen loudly as you watch the preaching on the TV. It sounds odd echoing in the empty house. “Wow ok, I can do this,” you say to yourself. You muster energy and add exclamation points in your texts in an effort to seem like you are just fine with all that is going on. You zoom, text, write, and call but you miss the in-person contact. It’s just not the same. 

Separate. Who else was separated from their church family and loved ones? Paul! He was in prison many times and he didn’t start his letters with “Getting bored in prison, also so MANY rats.” He encouraged, prayed for his fellow believers, and wrote of faith and hope in Jesus to his church family. He continued to council and carry on his work of ministry. He just did it via letters. What a testimony of the grace of God in his life that nothing, not even prison was going to stop his ministry. He knew that being separated from his brothers and sisters in Christ didn’t mean God was separated from him. 

In Romans 8:38-39 is the familiar but so powerful verses that say:

“For I am sure that neither death not life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” 

Yes! That pretty much covers everything! Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus! How I want to hold fast to that truth! 

Who was separated from the love of God? Jesus. Such a simple and obvious answer, but so powerful. Tears well up in my eyes. He was separated from the Father and hanging on a cross for me? Why? I’m gross.

Why do I get to never be separated from the love of God but He had to hang in agony truly alone? 

Separated but not forever. Risen. Reunited with the disciples. Reunited with his heavenly father. Glorious, splendid, death, and suffering cannot keep its hold on Him! As I look ahead to reuniting with church family, the hugs I want to give, the tears I know I will shed I think of heaven and the immense joy of being reunited with those in heaven. The joy of seeing my Grammy who loved Jesus with her whole heart. Of seeing my Savior face to face! All the cares, sorrows, anxiety, and fears of this world falling away. Reunited, joyful, worshipping the Holy One. What a sweet picture to hold on to in this time and ALL times. 

“He is not here, for He has risen”  -Matthew 28:6

-Sarah Petit ​

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