Years ago I had a coworker that seemed to want nothing to do with me. Most days my cheerful and chatty demeanor rubbed her the wrong way. I would do my best trying to win her over but she mostly ignored me, continue her work, and avoid me at all costs. She was never outright rude to me by any means but when you’re as outgoing as I am, you notice when someone doesn’t smile back, return conversation, or laugh at a ridiculous situation with you. I just knew I wasn’t her cup of tea. 

But then the best thing happened! She started giving me some replies, and little by little the conversations got longer. Then they got more fun as we found we had a few things in common. And after we could relate to each other, conversations got deeper. We started confiding in each other, and helping one another when things got hard. We shared our deepest hardest secrets with each other, then we would let the flood of emotions lead us into laughter. She became one of my dearest friends and to this day she holds such a special place in my heart. 

I’m not sure where the quote, “distance creates distortion” originated, but the truth found in these words is echoed so loudly throughout the Bible and throughout our lives. What seemed to me like rejection was simply distance. And honestly, how could I have known the whole story until I got close enough to understand it? Gosh, I make this mistake often even today! 

Look at our own salvation; it is not until we “draw near to God” that “ He will draw near” to us. The closer we are to The Father, the more we feel His presence, hear Him speak, and see Him clearly. 

So think about this: where has distance created a distortion in your life? Is it a relationship that feels blurry? A question of Gods goodness that isn’t clear? A pain that you can’t wrap your mind around? 

Whatever your question… let us seek the Answer together. 

“Consider it a great joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you experience various trials, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing. Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God — who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly — and it will be given to him.”

James 1:2-5