One thing I love about working in a coffee shop, is being able to observe connections.
A cute college couple sit by the window and talk for hours, over cups of coffee. They talk, laugh, share their lives, and connect. I love watching them. A mom treats her little boy after his dentist visit. They sit on the high bar chairs at a little table and drink hot chocolate and enjoy a muffin together. A middle aged man brings his elderly mother in, just to brighten her day. Two best friends catch up on each other’s lives. So many fun connections to observe!
God made us as relational beings. We were created to yearn for that connection, first of all with Him, and also with other people. He established that first relationship in the Garden of Eden – He wanted us to know Him, and He wanted to know us. God made us this way! The unfortunate reality is, that intimate connection with God was broken. When Adam & Eve broke God’s rules in the Garden, sin shattered that bond. Instead of walking in fellowship with God in the garden, they hid. They were afraid. They were ashamed.
The good news is, there is hope! We can know God now, just as much as Adam & Eve did before they sinned! God looked down and still desired to know us. He wanted that intimate connection restored. Enter Jesus… our Savior, Redeemer, and Restorer of Life. Because of His death on the cross, the great divide between God and man was bridged. All we have to do is respond to His calling. He is longing for that connection to be made.
I crave connection. I am a connection kind of person. I get frustrated if I am with people and then go home feeling as if we missed each other. I ask the question, “What’s the point of being with people if there are no connections made?” I’m not saying every time or conversation has to be a deep one… But there are small ways of connecting, even without talking. Meeting someone’s eyes and smiling at them. A quick hug. Doing a work project together. Laughing together over something silly. Sitting and crying with a hurting heart. Praying over the phone.
According to Webster’s, connect means: to join, link, or fasten together; unite or bind. This brings back fond memories of the many special times we’ve sung the song Blest Be The Tie That Binds at church. We used to sing it normally, until one time Pastor Marcus told us, “Sing it like you mean it!” Now we move around and express our appreciation for each other, while we’re singing. (Complete with handshakes, hugs, and smiles, of course!!) We are linked together in the Body of Christ, so it should be a natural thing for our spirits to connect. Right??
While human connections are an amazing thing designed by God, we do have to be careful that we don’t rely solely on them to satisfy us. They will never take the place of an intimate relationship with Jesus. He alone can satisfy our inward longings and ache for fulfillment. Sad to say, so often I find myself trying to replace that with human relationships. They can fill that ache for a short while, but I will always feel an emptiness and restlessness that no human being can satisfy. It makes me ache for heaven, where we will be completely filled and enveloped in the presence of the Almighty God! No more aches or longings. Just complete fulfillment and joy and connection.
Even so Lord Jesus, come quickly!!