Most of us Christians have experienced those incredible moments of intimacy with God when we have no yearning for any earthly success, much less for sin. Christ becomes our entire desire.
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In those times, we make impassioned commitments of absolute dedication. We really believe we have turned a corner in our spiritual lives.
But for some reason . . . it doesn’t last.
In those deflating moments, our spirituality exits like air from a balloon:
Driving away from church, our family fights over where to eat.
After our quiet time, our bickering children rapidly rob us of joy.
On the way to work, a hurried driver cuts us off and waves with only a fraction of his hand.
All of a sudden, commitment wanes. And these are just the little things. What about real life crises? What about those times when success is demanded but a lack of success seems all we get?
Jesus spoke words of encouragement for moments just like these.
Distance Gives the Illusion of Distance
On one trip to Israel, I went without my family for more than three weeks—the longest time I’ve ever spent away from them. And although I spoke with them regularly the whole time I traveled, the last conversation is the one I’ll never forget. After weeks of separation, we all felt eager to see one another again.
I can still hear my younger daughter’s words from the other side of the world: “It’s like I don’t even know you, Daddy.”
Open heart, insert battle-axe.
A mere three weeks apart made our relationship seem surreal. I’ve thought about her comment often as I considered Christ’s words to His headstrong disciples on His final night with them in the Upper Room. The same principle applies.