Thursday, June 26, 2008

Separation

I'm tired of separation.  Growing up as a missionary I became used to separation.  Family was far away, and we were only able to see them every few years.  Often friends would leave us to go back to America or England on Permanent Return. Those were always hard separations. When I got back to America, there were still many sad separations, granted, not as often. 

There have been two separations that have been extremely difficult for me recently: first, my boyfriend has been living in Norway for the past year, and second, my sister (aka, my best friend) and brother-in-law left for a two year mission to Ethiopia in May. 

Sometimes I feel that I can never be with everyone that I love, at the same time.  I wonder why it has to be this way.  As I was pondering over this, I realized that Jesus knows what it is like to be separated. He has been through the same situation as I have. He was separated from the people he loved, almost immediately after creation.  When He came down to be with His people, He was separated from His loving Father. When He went back to heaven, He had to endure separation from His people again. He has always maintained contact with us (and His Father) by prayer, just like I email or talk to Robby and Petra often, but it isn't the same as being with someone. 

The good thing is that the story doesn't end there. Jesus promises to come back for us and to take us to heaven (John 14:1-3), that we can live all together as one happy family.  Then no one will be separated any longer. We will all be together with Jesus, the Father, and our friends. There will be no more goodbyes, no more lonely hearts, no more tears. No separation ever again!  Ever! 

6 comments:

phoebs said...

Wow, I can't wait for that day! It is coming very very soon! Jesus is always with us and will NEVER ever leave us! Praise the Lord that there will be a time when there will be no more separation! I know that in a few days, I will feel that sadness. (even though it will be exciting at the same time;) cause I'm going to Thailand!!! (in 3 days!!)

Kristin said...

Amen :) I can't wait for a time of no more separation.

I don't think it had ever occurred to me that Jesus had to endure the same kind of separation. I know how you feel about always being parted from someone, no matter where you are. And it's neat to think that Jesus can identify with us in those feelings.

I can't imagine how good it's going to feel to be with Jesus and everyone we love for good. And I can't wait.

Jan Robert (Robby) Heiberg said...

Martina - first of all: I can't WAIT till you'll be coming here on August21st! - and then we're not just going to see each other for 4 days or 2 weeks.
Secondly: I can't WAIT till Jesus will come back, and we can always be with our loved ones, and especially: Always be with Jesus!

Martina - I miss you and love you!!

Chopsticks on Oboe said...
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Chopsticks on Oboe said...

Wow, I'm really going to miss my Southern friends too. :( Have a great mission year Pheobe and Krisin! I'll be praying for you both!

I can't wait until we will all be in heaven together! I hope that's really soon!!!!

Lisa said...

Tee,

I know what you mean. I often think of my family members that have died and how nice it will be to spend time with them again. Separation is difficult. I always hate saying goodbye. We'll have a blast in heaven. I'm sure there will be heavenly craft/needlework projects we can do together!

Love ya,
Lisa