They also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.” —Acts 1.11Right now my son is going through major separation anxieties. Not only is he going through the emotional stage of separating his identity from his mother’s (what many call the “terrible twos”) but his mother is also in Colorado visiting family, and he (along with my two girls) is here with me. I found him today walking around the house calling for Mom.
Have you ever missed someone really badly? So badly that it hurt? You longed to be with them, but your current circumstances did not allow it? Someone you really loved, and who you knew loved you, but time and space were simply not shining on you at the moment?
I wonder what the disciples must have been feeling when the kindest, most giving friend they’d ever had suddenly disappeared into the sky one day. Do you think they missed him? Of course they did, badly. But all of this brings me to one single question: What’s it going to take for us to miss God, whom we’ve never even met, that intensely? So intensely that we would do anything to be with Him?
I want you to first notice the common thread in each of the following verses:
“Let them construct a sanctuary for Me, that I may dwell among them.”
“They shall know that I am the LORD their God who brought them out of the land of Egypt, that I might dwell among them; I am the LORD their God.”
“Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them.”
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.”
“Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.”
“Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.”
“They heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day . . . then the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, ‘Where are you?’”
Could it be this simple? That in order for us to really begin to miss Him, we have to first see how much He misses us?
I wish you God’s best this week.