Distant. Not close. But, can distant also be not far away, or does that defeat the definition?
My thoughts are distant today. And yet, they are so close on so many things. This morning’s church service. To reap a harvest we can’t just plant seeds and leave them be. We must constantly be removing the weeds and pruning our fruits for them to mature and grow properly. It’s an up close and relational entity. I want everyone to know and experience the love and grace of Jesus Christ. But how can I do that when I am so distant from 99.9% of the population of the world?
The internet takes away distance. It brings us closer. But at the same time, it has created so much distance. ‘Facebook me!’ Has become a popular reply when a five or ten minute conversation could be the difference of so many outcomes. We have placed too much emphasis on things being quick and easy that we have distanced ourselves to the point where I wonder if we can ever return. It saddens me.
We are here, we are created to be relational beings. And that does not happen with distance. What happens when a relationship has emotional distance? It dies. We need to learn to rejoin the human race and relate to each other in personal ways.
How are you doing today? And don’t just lie and say, ‘I’m fine.’ You want to know how I am doing today? It has been a long hard day!! I am physically and emotionally drained. I made some mistakes and I am paying for them. I pushed beyond physical boundaries of my own body and I am paying for them.
Distance and closeness is what is on my mind today. You are on my mind today and in my prayers.