In the Isolation, He is There

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow-not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky, above or in the earth below-indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

I miss actual faces. I miss too loud, too rambunctious lunch groups that half the time never settle down. I miss telling preteens to get their “junk” together. I miss getting up, getting in my vehicle, and going to work. I miss being able to work. I miss the joy of a Saturday morning stroll through Target, Starbucks in hand. I miss conversations that occur over tables with food, and not Facetime with headphones. I love my home and the people in it, but I miss the outside world around me. -May 2020

Isolation. Separation. Cut off from people, places, and routines that were familiar. To enter into a world of unknowns. The sentiments expressed in what I journaled on some morning in 2020, I can only imagine could have been the thoughts of almost anyone during our time of quarantine and lockdown. Almost 2 years later, we probably still feel like this. It’s a grief that is complicated and not easy to understand, because we and the people we love are alive, but something has died. We mourn our previous way of life, yet, no one really knows how to help us through the mourning. We are all doing it together, in whatever ways we can manage.

Separation. Isolation. Grief.

We may feel abandoned. By people. By society. By disease. By our jobs.

Cut off. Lonely. Misunderstood. Uncertain.

Here’s some truth: A pandemic forced us to separate from our normal day to day routines. From people. From places. We may have lost some of these places. Some of the people in them due to circumstances, or the impact of the pandemics toll.

But even these-the changes, and this separation-it cannot separate us from God.

Jobs may have been lost. But He was there. Friends may have left. Ghosted. Passed. But He remained. Routines. People. Places all may have changed. God stayed the same.

And His love does, too.

In our isolation. In our despair. In our loneliness, even when we separate ourselves from Him-His love for us does not fail. He doesn’t leave. His love remains.

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