My Wife and two sons Joseph and Christian I have not spent a night apart from in over 5 years.
Yet Monday coming will see me go off to the city to spend a week in a hotel training for my new job.
I’m driving home from my work today and suddenly like an anaconda tightening around my neck I felt anxious for them and myself.
What will I do without them for such a long period of time? Being without them I will feel like a bycycle with the just the frame and no wheels.
I will look like a man who shows up to a job interview in his casual clothing. In other words I will both feel and look incomplete.
Modern technology however is great isn’t it? You can skype them and phone them. You can take along with you a little photograph of them or look at the many on your laptop, phone, tablet.
I shudder to think of how they did it before technology. I often think about a father going off perhaps to war and never to return.
Communication wasn’t great back then and so you’d never know what happened him and all he himself had was a memory of his children embedded in his heart.
The father would be gone years and would not receive regular updates of what was happening his family or even if they were still alive at all. Heart wrenching stuff.
When I think back like this I realise who over reactive I am being. It’s kinda like how you think your headache is really bad and then you suddenly recall the passion of Jesus and the suffering he endured and all of a sudden your actually kind of thankful for your headache.
Even so, for any of you who have spent time away from a loved one, I am sure you can resonate along side thoughts of my own of just how awful a prospect it can be sometimes.
It’s not nice being removed from the regular Rhythm of you daily life and being placed in the unkown even for a few days. However sometimes these trials are neccesary as we all know absence makes the heart grow fonder.