Break on Through to the Other Side

It’s been a week since my last post.  Seems longer than that.

I’ve been distracted.  We are in the midst of selling our house and buying another 450 miles away.  There are so many things to think about, so many steps to complete.  Offers and acceptances, inspections, appraisals, closings.  Then there’s packing.  There’s utilities to deal with, new bank accounts to open, then changing all those automatic draws and deposits.  Timing is crucial.  We’ve made countless decisions, signed papers and we have been aware of the consequences of each one but we lose sight of the big picture among all the details.  So we want to know how much money will really be left when it’s all done.

So I lay awake nights thinking.  Even when I’m not stressing about what can go wrong I’m laying there going over lists of things to do and when to do them.  All of this leaves me distracted and kind of vacant spiritually.  When I try to seek God’s presence I find myself veering off into those issues and checklists.

I heard a sermon a long time ago that addressed this.  I find myself empty, desolate, unable to experience the presence, the communion of God.  What I need to know is that He is there even when I don’t feel Him.  The preacher said I should picture myself separated from Him by the thinnest of membranes.  I reach out and press on the separating wall and I break on through to experience His presence.

Sometimes He takes us by surprise and we are overwhelmed by His presence.  Other times it takes concentrated, determined effort on our part.  Sometimes we need to break on through to the other side.



About Angus Lewis

My wife and I lived our whole lives in Arkansas until ten years ago. We moved to the Kansas City area in 2011 (a job change). That was the reason for the 'From a Far Country' title. Our children and grandchildren were in Arkansas. Six months ago we sold our house and bought one in Sherwood, Arkansas and my wife moved back down here. Two weeks ago I retired and moved back too. (I'm probably going to try to find something part time to keep me out of trouble.) So maybe the 'From a Far Country' title is not so much of a fit anymore. But I think I'll stick with it. I'm still not home. Not yet. The Bible says we are all strangers and pilgrims here. Our real home is with God and some day we'll be there. We'll be home.
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2 Responses to Break on Through to the Other Side

  1. manoahswife says:

    Either way, when we break through, He is always there. And His Hand is always stretched towards us beckoning us to “come on home.” Blessings on you as you and your wife are in the moving process. You are in my prayers.

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