A few Sunday’s ago, I was having a really rough morning. I work on Saturday nights, and I had gotten stuck there late, so I was exauhsted on Sunday. I also usually allow my 2 year old to wake me up, and wouldn’t you know it? She took her time that day and slept in. So I was tired and running late. But, I managed to get my hind end in high gear and busted it out and got out the door in a decent amount of time (which is quite a feat for the two of us, cosidering we were done up and in dresses, too).
We didn’t have a chance to eat, though. In America, however, we have this lovely option of McDonald’s to solve that problem. Fast food, plus a drive thru would seemingly solve my problems. Wrong. I spent literally 25 minutes waiting on a biscuit. So now, I’m running late.
Then, I face about a 35 minute drive to church (I just really love it there, it’s totally worth it for me) and I decide I’m going to try to book it and maybe make it there right as the service is starting. Well, go figure… I hit the road and get stuck behind an accident, and can’t turn down the street that cuts about 5-10 minutes out of the trip. A few more miles down the road, and I would also make one wrong turn and subsequently get stuck at a train.
At this point, I was flustered. Very, very flustered. My skin was hot and I was stressing out and about to lose my cool. On top of it all, I now have to explain to my 2 year old daughter, who loves to go to church, that we just can’t make it today. I do, and she cries. And I’m so worked up, that I start welling up myself like I’ve just massively failed everything that morning.
Finally, I get to a red light and I’m waiting to make a turn to go home and I just close my eyes, take a deep breath, and say, “God, I’m sorry. I don’t know what more can go wrong, but please just help me have a better day. I just… I just give all of this junk from this morning to you.”
Almost immediately, He reminded me of two beautiful things: #1, it’s not a sin to miss church. My loyalty and relationship is with Him, not the building and if I miss a Sunday here and there, I’m not counted out of salvation; and #2, and probably most important, was about something that I read in Romans (8:38-39 to be exact). It says, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. ”
I started laughing because I realized what was happening. I said outloud, “You know, the devil can get between me and church all he wants, but He can’t get between me and my Jesus.
I mean, Paul was pretty inclusive there; “nor anything else in all creation…” Let that sink in a minute.
Now, everything God says is true, and the Bible is His word, so it’s true. Even if I got set back by McDonald’s, an accident, and a train, NONE of those things are going to separate me from God’s loving favor. They might test my patience a bit, but never His love. His love is unfailing. So much so, that literally, there isn’t a thing He’s ever created that can separate us from it, including our depraved and sinful selves.
I just have one thing to add: Our God is an awesome God and, oh, how He loves us… It’s so unlike anything of this world.