Life Lesson #10
Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
If this is true you have waited for me to return posting with baited anticipation! This is one of those lessons that are true sometimes. One definition for this phrase is, “The lack of something increases the desire for it.”1 Somehow this line picked up momentum and people began to use it and believe it. Here is the real life lesson I have learned.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder, sometimes!
Here is a list that is just as true:
Absence makes the heart wander, sometimes.
Absence makes the heart glad, sometimes.
Absence makes the heart weep, sometimes.
Absence makes the heart wail, sometimes.
Absence makes the heart forget, sometimes.
People walk into our life and walk out. Absence from my wife, children and a few others makes my heart grow fonder. If you will be honest, you will have to agree that in most instances the heart does not grow fonder. I have found that in most relationships the heart wanders, celebrates, weeps, wails, and forgets. What makes the statement true is love. Not a casual love but a deep love. A love greater than our forgetfulness. A love greater than our selfishness. A love great than different lifestyles. A love great than our comfort. A love greater than our business. A love greater than our laziness. A love greater than our fears. This might be why God told us over and over in the Bible, “Love one another
God knew that His people could and would forget Him, so He instructs them not to leave Him. This is it plight of mankind.
“And when the Lord your God brings you into the land that he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give you—with great and good cities that you did not build, and houses full of all good things that you did not fill, and cisterns that you did not dig, and vineyards and olive trees that you did not plant—and when you eat and are full, then take care lest you forget the Lord, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
(Deuteronomy 6:10-12, ESV)
Either you missed my posts, or you forgot about them. But the greater question is:
Has your heart forgotten God or has it grown fonder?