There are certain things that catch my attention.  Survival intrigues me.  For some reason, I have this interest in how folks live off grid and completely on the land.  There are shows that help fuel my interest and teach how to succeed, and quite frankly how not to do some things too.  Mountain men are examples of those who have chosen lives that put them out of the rat race of society, but in a never-ending battle to survive.  "Live Free or Die" is a show that depicts the lives of those who have moved out of the mainstream into secluded, and sometimes isolated existences, living off the land with only their own two hands and the wits they’ve gained through experience.  One show that I have been watching recently is “Alone”.  It's about a group of experienced survival experts who were dropped off in the wilderness of Patagonia with just a few essential items, and then left alone to survive until everyone else quits. It’s getting down to the finale and only 3 are left, two women and one man.  As it is in all of life, there are lessons to be learned, even from survival shows, about us and our relationship with God.

The obvious is that we were not created to be isolated from God or from one another.  When God made us, it was His intention that we see our value in the fact that He made us in His image.  That value, when we get our hearts and minds to agree on it, gives us our worth regardless of what the mainstream rat race tells us is important.  Our country is at odds right now because many of those who spin the headlines have no clue as to the value God has given to those they report on.  We are in the midst of prejudice and racism because we have isolated ourselves from the truth of God’s design for relationships.  Our interpersonal relationships are to reflect the goodness of God and to give value and worth to one another based on His design.  God pursues us still today as He did Adam and Eve in the garden, even though they, and we, have traded the truth for lies.

Our struggle though, is that we all have this tug to distance ourselves from God and from others.  It’s not always easy to be around people, at least certain people, is it?  I confess that some days I would be perfectly content not speaking to anyone, finding my little piece of isolation, and being just fine thank you very much.  But that is not part of our design, is it?  God said "it’s not good for the man to be alone," after He had said “it is good” following everything He had created.  I believe some of us like to be alone because we don’t have to contend with others' opinions of us.  Others may like isolation because it gives them a freedom to not give anyone worth or value.  They only want to depend on themselves, and are basically saying they’re superior to everyone else.

The bottom line is that God made us to be in relationship with Him first, not to isolate ourselves from Him or hide from Him, but to see how our intrinsic value comes from the fact that He made us, and He made us in His own image.  No relationship will flourish or be what it could be apart from that truth.  Our value comes from our creator.  He pursues a relationship with us through Jesus, who came to us in the flesh, became vulnerable, and gave His life so we could in turn have eternal life.  Jesus did this to prove, without a doubt, that God’s intent is for us to always be connected and in relationship with Him just as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are in relationship eternally.

“I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you.  And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.”  John 17:20-21

God is good all the time and all the time God is good!

In Christ’s Love,

Rob   Romans 12