I still remember the day back in Grade One when my teacher got our whole class to stand up, make two lines and march all the way down to the school oval. Given how quietly we’d been sitting drawing before that, I think we were all a little confused. But hey, who are a bunch of five- and six-year-olds to argue with their teacher? (Prep/Grade One teachers, probably don’t answer that!)
She stood us there in a nice line and told us to look at the sky. And then the ground. Then the sky again. And the ground. And more importantly, where the two of them met.
“There’s no gap!” she said, very pragmatically, and possibly with a little frustration. “Do any of you see a big white space between the sky and the grass? No? Then stop drawing one!”
I still think of that moment every time I look at the horizon where the sky meets the earth or sea. And smile whenever I see kids draw pictures with a tiny line of blue right at the top of the page and green right at the bottom with a big expanse of white in between. I still hear Mrs Marshall telling us there’s no gap.
There’s no gap between God’s love and us either.
We might think there is, that something we’ve done has broken the connection or that we were never worth his love in the first place. Truth is, we weren’t, but he loved us anyway.
I know you’ve heard it before, but here it is again just in case you missed it or haven’t heard it lately:
GOD LOVES YOU.
Did you get that? Not just read it or hear it but really get it? Did you let it soak into your heart and worth as a person? God loves you! And not just the person you think is good enough for him but you. As you are.
Nothing you can do can separate his love from you. You can’t run away from it or hide from it. You can stop loving him, but he won’t stop loving you. You can deny he exists even but it won’t stop him loving you. You can try to put a gap in there but no matter what you do, there isn’t one. Just like there’s no gap between the sky and the ground, there’s no gap between God’s love and you.
I know, I know, it’s a simple thing to say and one of the first things you learn as a Christian, but that doesn’t make it any less real, nor any easier to accept sometimes!
Next time you look at the horizon, or smile at a little kid’s picture, let God remind you how much he loves you. From the heavens to the earth – with no gap in between.