Yesterday would have been my parents’ 34th (maybe 35th) anniversary. This past summer, my mother passed away. Three years ago, my father passed away. November 14 is a day that I can remember them both and reminisce about the memories from my 31 years of life with them.
People come and go in our lives. Some people just pass through largely unnoticed and insignificant. Some people enter in and impact our lives for just a moment, but a significant moment. Still, some people come in and pour into us and completely change us and impact the direction of our lives.
Yesterday, I ran into an old coach of mine from college. I knew he was the new head football coach at the high school here in the county, and I had already tried to reconnect with him with no success. However, yesterday I was having lunch with my wife and this former coach walked in. I was able to chat with him and share a brief moment. When we were both leaving the parking lot, he stopped his truck and told me that once football season is over to email him and we would get together and have lunch to really catch up. The crazy thing is I have not seen or talked to this man in almost 9 years. I really liked this coach and I really appreciated him. It is nice to reconnect with someone like that.
Several weeks ago, I was sitting in a local coffee shop and a high school classmate of mine came in. He lives nearly an hour or so away, but was up here for something his wife was doing. He had no idea I was here and I had no idea he was coming. We talked a few minutes and then he left. But after that meeting I was a little bit happier. A little bit more cheerful. Reconnecting with friends can make a huge difference in your day.
These three events remind me of what God is all about, reconnecting with us. The term the Bible uses is reconciliation. In 2 Corinthians 5:18-20 it says,
“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”
God wants us to be reconciled to Him. He wants us to reconnect with Him. He has already paved the way for that re-connection to occur. We just need to reach out and reconnect. Once we reconnect with God, it is our task to help others reconnect with Him. This day and age there a million things seeking to categorize and divide and dis-unify us as people (and as God’s people), but what if we took to heart, and action, that message of reconciliation. We can reconcile people with other people and we can help reconcile people to their God who created them, loves them, died for them, and paved the way for reconciliation and re-connection. Today, I encourage you to be reconnected to God, and then help others reconnect with Him. Anyway, I was just thinking…