I have been thinking about connection lately. I am not talking about being connected to wifi although that is important to my work. What I am talking about is personal connection, in person connection.
The COVID shutdowns and protocols have in varying degrees, depending one where on lives, robbed us of personal connection with others. Virtual meetings are okay, but they cannot fully replace that sense of connection one gets from in person interaction.
The main reason my favorite coffee shop closing to in person seating during this recent surge bothered me is that sense of loss of connection with those who I interact with there. There are other coffee shops in my city that are open, but I miss the people who work at my favorite coffee shop and the regular customers I interacted with. Fortunately, that is a temporary situation.
Online church services are nice, but are are not the same as being there in person. Being there in person means being able to talk with people face to face, worship together in the same place, and be connected.
When I think about being connected with others, I also think about how far God went to personally connect with us. In Philippians 2 we read of Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
Jesus left behind his glory in heaven to become a human baby to grow to become our Savior. Think about the sacrifice of leaving heaven to become one of us, so he could connect with us.
God wants us to know him not just know about him. He wants relationship with us. In John 1 we read:
No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.
Jesus came to make God known to us in a personal way not just a head knowledge way.
God wants to connect with us. He invites us to come him. He wants us to pray so we can connect with him.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.