I am going to take a guess and believe that I am not the only one currently feeling places in their life where a profound separation is taking place. Merriam Webster defines separation as:
: the act of separating people or things or the state of being separated
: a situation in which a husband and wife live apart from each other
There is a reason that anxiety often accompanies separation. Many people hate change and when a change comes (whether it’s God-inspired or not) they resist it. I am a person who has been slow to change, yet as I have allowed the Lord to heal me, change has become easier and I am not so resistant anymore.
With most change comes separation. Most often in order to shift into a new place, we have to separate from the old place (at least to some degree.) This can be extremely hard especially when people you love or had good relationships with are involved. Sometimes it’s not a complete breaking off that occurs, yet some sort of separation must take place if you are to get the full benefit of the new place God is taking you.
Separation can happen in divorce, death, job changes, ministry, friendships, church affiliation, as children leave the nest permanently, relocation, etc. In all of these, there is a level of separation that must happen and be embraced in order for anxiety and depression to not reign in your heart.
With some of us celebrating the Jewish holy days and with Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, this separation can be the most evident. It can also be the most painful if you are experiencing that separation from old tradition or family members that are no longer available in your life.
Abraham was just one biblical example for us to remember. He separated himself from everything familiar to him to obey God: