I have been thinking about Step 2 of "Steps to Peace with God." The Problem: Our Separation.
You know what I think the "real" problem is? We don't feel separated from God.
Yes, we feel a void in our lives... but we don't keep it very long. Loneliness... perhaps we log on to Facebook? Sadness... we turn on America's Funniest Videos. Distracted... we spend hours working on a Sudoku puzzle. Okay, this is getting personal!
We fill our calendars with activities so that we don't have time to think about our heartbreak.
We eat because it brings comfort.
We gossip or judge others because it makes us feel better about ourselves.
We are so blessed in this country to have so many ways to soothe our pains.
So, how would we even know we are separated from God?
I think the time comes about when all of our resources have been exhausted... we have failed to fill our need... and we then we think... what do I do now? Maybe we finally sit quietly... with our face in our hands... with the tears streaming... and our hearts sobbing... and we have hit rock bottom... perhaps then we might realize our separation from God...
But until we take time to reflect... I wonder... how long would it take to come to this realization on our own?