my family - daughter, granddaughters and son-in-love
Now things are about to change.
My older granddaughter, who graduated from high school this summer and just celebrated her eighteenth birthday has chosen to go to school in Australia and will be leaving in a couple of months.
I am happy for her to have the experience attending a Christian music school, but my heart is also painfully aware of what separation from her will feel like.
I was thinking about it the other day and thought how fortunate we were to have so many ways to stay in touch with someone far away - e-mail, Facebook and Skype that allows voice/sight connections. Yet somehow it didn't feel 'enough' in my emotions and I questioned myself, "Why not?"
The answer came almost immediately -- because as much as our technology offers, it does not allow 'hands on'. I won't be able to touch her, hug her, kiss her, see her 'face to face'.
And suddenly I had a deeper insight into one of my favourite verses. -
I John 1:1 - "That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen, which we have looked upon and our hands have handled..... "
This verse speaks to relationship with Jesus.
For some people it is only a very vague sense, or none at all, of some historical figure named Jesus.
For some, they have heard of Jesus' and have some knowledge of His story.
Some have actually 'seen' Him as in recognizing that Jesus was born as a baby and grew up to give Himself in death on a cross to provide forgiveness of sin.
Then some have actually 'looked upon' Him, accepting Him as their personal Saviour so they can go to heaven when they die.
But then, there are those who 'handle Him' - they make Him their 'hands-on' focus on a daily basis. He is their go-to source of wisdom, of comfort, the one they depend on and trust for guidance and direction. Their fellowship with Him is real and intimate.
None of the progressive levels of awareness of Jesus are enough until there is the 'hands-on' relationship. Nothing less will satisfy. Even so the beloved disciple, John, articulated in his letter. He 'handled' the Word. The Word took on flesh, became Jesus, like unto man, and John had the privilege of being so close to Jesus that he could touch Him and love Him and know Him in an intimate way - heart to heart, mind to mind, Spirit to spirit.
I am not satisfied with anything less either.