Written by Cora Gerbitz / April 2016
As far as relationships go, I am by no means an expert. All I know is what I have experienced. There are cheesy moments. There are arguments. There are long drawn-out conversations about where to eat and who pays the tab. There is distance whether it happens to be 25 miles or halfway across the globe. In my personal case, there have been up to 1,064 miles between Matt and me for the last four and a half years.
A lot goes into this relationship just like any other relationship. Sure, I do not always have a date to weddings, we have fewer conversations, and we buy hundreds of dollars worth of plane tickets every year, but there is a single significant aspect of our relationship that cannot be unhinged: our shared faith and love for God.
“‘For the mountains shall depart And the hills be removed, But My kindness shall not depart from you, Nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,’ Says the LORD who has mercy on you.” (Isaiah 54:10) Regardless of the circumstances, God’s love is eternal and withstands all of our sins.
What is 1,064 miles when our God is a short prayer away? This short distance to our Savior is more important that any number of miles that may separate a loved one. It’s important for us to remember Psalm 145:18, “The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth.” The Lord is near because of Jesus’ almighty and gracious actions. The number one relationship we have never goes to voicemail. This does not mean that we turn to God and ask Him to bless something that goes against His will. We must “call upon Him in truth” asking for His blessings in concordance to what is taught in the Scriptures. We should strive to center our relationships around The Word, and call upon God first and foremost. He will answer because after all, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” (John 15:13) Jesus loved to the point of death on the cross. This is the evidence we count on for reassurance of God’s love and presence in our lives.
In this short distance relationship with God, it is important to remember that God is omnipresent. Often times we find ourselves straying from this concept. It seems so easy for us to love an individual on this earth than it is to love this God we have never seen. 1 John 4:12 reminds us that “No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.” His perfect, almighty, and gracious love is more than we deserve, and it compels us to showcase His love in our lives. As we share our perspectives, thoughts, hopes, and dreams with one another, let God’s love root firmly in our hearts until we trust Him and one another. The love Matt and I have for Christ is not taken lightly. This love is something we share, and it is the most powerful tool we have in our relationship. “‘For the mountains shall depart And the hills be removed, But My kindness shall not depart from you, Nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,’ Says the LORD who has mercy on you.” (Isaiah 54:10) Regardless of the circumstances, God’s love is eternal and withstands all of our sins. In addition, he promises us freedom from our struggles and the promise of eternal life. His love gives greater meaning to the love we share in our earthly relationships.
Think about your relationship with your friends, family, or loved ones. Are you in the same room? 25 miles away from each other? 1,064 miles? Halfway across the globe? This “long” distance is nothing in the scheme of things because we have something far greater: God’s unfailing and everlasting love. God is a “short” distance away when we trust and share in His love. Nothing can overcome God’s love.