food for thought…nothing can separate

nothing can seperate

 

My friend Gail wrote this, as always I loved it.  Enjoy! Have a blessed day ladies!

NOTHING CAN SEPARATE

As much as I love doing mission trips, it has hard times too.  One of them is being away from my husband Steve.  We have been together a long time.  In August, we will have been married 37 years.  Steve always takes me to the airport.  During that drive I have mixed emotion.  I can’t wait to meet the members of the mission team and actually do the medical mission that God has laid out for us.  However, I am sad to be away from Steve for so long.  After I check my bags at the airport, Steve and I sit together for a half hour and just hold hands.  We really don’t say much.  When it is time for me to get in the security check-in line, I avoid eye contact with him.  Once our eyes meet, then my tears come because I know I won’t see him for almost two weeks.  Once I start crying, then Steve has the tears in his eyes too.  We are just two blubbering fools!  Steve always waits for me to clear security and I wave one final goodbye.   Then off I go to the window by Gate B.  Steve is on the other side of the glass.  We blow each other a kiss as I head off to my mission trip and he heads home. 
 
When I am on the mission trip, even though I am passionate about serving God I still miss Steve.  I usually don’t sleep well at night because I miss him.  On some trips, I am able to call and talk to Steve or send him an email.  Ethiopia is my favorite location for a trip.  There is so much need and God uses our team greatly.  However, when I am in Ethiopia, we are in a remote location and I can’t talk by phone or computer.  As wonderful a mission trip as Ethiopia is, it is also the most difficult trip because I am unable to communicate with Steve during the whole trip. 
 
After the mission trip, as soon as I enter the United States, the first thing I do is call Steve.  It will be a few hours yet until I see him at the Rochester airport, but at least I can hear his voice.  Usually, I talk a mile a minute about all the wonderful things that happened on the mission trip.  When I get to Rochester, I rush off the plane even though I am tired.  I haven’t slept or showered in over a day.  I can’t wait to hug and kiss him.  We are together again. 
One of my all time favorite verses is Romans 8:38-39 which states “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”   Unlike my mission trip where I am separated from the husband that I love greatly, nothing can ever separate me from the love of God.  What a wonderful promise to cling to.
 
Do you know the Jesus Culture song, “One Thing Remains?”  Read the lyrics. 
Higher than the mountains that I face
Stronger than the power of the grave
Constant in the trial and the change
One thing… Remains (repeat)
Your love never fails, never gives up
Never runs out on me (3x)On and on and on and on it goes
It overwhelms and satisfies my soul
And I never, ever, have to be afraid
One thing remains
Your love never fails, never gives up
Never runs out on me (3x)
In death, in life, I’m confident and
covered by the power of Your great love
My debt is paid, there’s nothing that can
separate my heart from Your great love
Your love never fails, never gives up
Never runs out on me (3x)

You probably wonder why I wrote this devotional.  In September I will be going to South Africa on another medical mission trip.  Like Ethiopia we will be in a remote location and I will be separated from Steve and I will not be able to communicate with him during the whole trip.  This is one of the songs I will be listening to on my iPod to remind me that even though I am separated from Steve I am never ever separated from God’s great love.
 
The YouTube link to listen to One Thing Remains: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_KXsMCJgBQ
One Thing Remains – Jesus Culture (lyric video)

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  1. alright, Gail, I teared up……great devotional and I LOVE that song!