My son, Andrew, went to camp this week. This was the first time he really has spent a week away from us. Needless to say, he struggled some as the time to leave came (his mom and dad struggled a bit too).
It seems that the main reason he struggled was because he wasn’t going to be able to talk to us each night. He wanted to be able to speak to us, tell us he loved us and hear that we loved him. He wasn’t supposed to have a cell phone with him, but on the way he realized that his cell phone had service and he would at least be able to text us if he was sneaky about it. Unfortunately, this plan did not work well because his cell phone lost power. The last text his mom got said, “Phone dead.” It broke my wife’s heart and I can only imagine at this point how Andrew felt. His lifeline, his connection to us was lost. He was all alone. We were gone. He was on his own.
As I thought about this, I wondered if that was the way Adam and Eve felt after the fall? They had always been connected to God. They never felt apart from Him. He was their lifeline. They did not understand loneliness. They did not understand being separated from God at all.
What did they feel? Did they feel separation anxiety? Did they suddenly feel alone. What was it like for them? Did they feel anything like Andrew felt as he left for camp? Did they feel like Andrew did when his cell phone lost power? How did Adam and Eve feel after the fall?
How about you? Have you ever felt separated from God and alone? Do you now?