What a beautiful word – “connected.” Remember that old song about the number one being the loneliest number? Life is empty without connections.
Nature teaches us the importance of connections and we have all observed the heavy toll the earth (and life on this planet) has paid when our ecosystems are disrupted. Pollution, extinction, dying coral reefs, hunger, war, disequilibrium, chaos – these are the ugly words that describe the results of disharmony and disconnection.
Yet all of nature and the cosmos can be connected without offering you and me the sense of true meaningful connection that we desperately need. The first screams of every newborn infant seem to encapsulate this universal need for connection. At the moment of birth, suddenly thrust into the shockingly cold and unknown world of separation – every baby feels a loss of connection. The “we-ness” of life in the womb is gone and the “me-ness” of vulnerability and exposure is now the new norm.
To whom or to what do you fell connected? Even if you have family, friends, pets, and a solar system you call home, you may still feel very much alone.
The connected life is a life lived in community. It is at its deepest level a life lived in communion with God.
I know an old man who has lived a full life, but today seems to feel little connection with anyone or anything. By outward appearances he lives a rather isolated life. His best friend died recently and the loss he feels can only be communicated through tears. Yet, this man has a connection that cannot be seen by human eyes – a connection to his Creator and thereby to all who share his faith – including the dear friend he recently lost.
Some of the most popular people I know are lonely on the inside. Even superstars and pop-culture icons at the hub of the “people-wheel” are often lonely, depressed, and disconnected.
The Bible teaches that God desires a deep connection with each of us, that we were created for fellowship with God. And ultimately, we need God’s everlasting love more than we need food, water, air, or life itself.
Are you feeling lonely or disconnected today? Then by all means reach out to family or friends, but if you want to know the connection for which all creation longs with great anticipation – then take the outstretched hand of the Son of God. He is real – both human and divine. His strong nail-scared hand will connect you to the very heart of God – the Father of Life. Safe and secure in Christ, you can begin to understand the true beauty of God’s eternal love. Now is the day – don’t put it off. Let Jesus embrace you in his healing love. Get connected!