Distance is THE worst. It really is one of my least favorite things in life. Majority of the people who I love most in this world live far away. I have always said that if I could have any super-power it would be the ability to teleport anywhere at anytime. I hate that I miss out on so much because of the miles in between me and my family and friends.

On Monday my husband and I watched our wedding video for the first time, I bawled through the entire thing (not surprising). I remember being so overwhelmed with emotion on our wedding day. One, I was marrying my best friend and two almost all of the people that we love the most were all in the same place at the same time; my heart was bursting.

Those who know me well know that I feel deeply and am extremely sentimental. I miss a lot of people all the time. And as life continues, I continue to meet more people who leave a lasting impact on my heart and then distance separates us. There are a lot of times that I wish that I could live closer to people, but during Braden and I’s premarital counseling, our pastor said something to us that has really stuck with me. He told us that when we start looking for a place to live and settle down, he hopes that our family and friends will not play a factor in that decision. His hope was that we will go wherever the Lord is leading, even if that means far away; living close to people we love most is just icing on the cake.

One of my all time favorite quotes is from Katie Davis:

“My heart lives in so many places. With so many people. But God whispers to me that I really have only one home, and that is with Him. I will never be content on this earth. I will always be a nomad. It was meant to be that way. My heart was created with a desire for a home, a nest, a sanctuary, and that can be found only with Him in Heaven.”

Wow, oh, wow. This resonates deep. I cannot wait for Heaven, you guys. Just like our wedding day, the Bride (the Church) will be united with her Groom (God) and we will have the greatest wedding banquet EVER. All believers from every tribe, tongue, and nation, will be together celebrating our Jesus for eternity!!!!

Maybe your heart aches too because of distance between you and the people you love. Maybe you too struggle with being willing to go wherever the Lord is leading you. Let me challenge and encourage you in a few things.

  1. Bloom where you are planted. God has placed you exactly where He wants you right now. Whether you love where you are at or wish you could be somewhere else, you have a purpose where you are. Start allowing God to grow and prune you so you can display his beauty right where you are at.
  2. Start living with open hands. Stop holding on so tightly to the places or people in your life. Learn to live with open hands knowing that you are not in control (and thank goodness we aren’t!!). God knows what is best for you and for them; SURRENDER all to Him.
  3. This is temporary. This place is not our forever. If you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, this ache and struggle will only be short-lived. Heaven is coming and that is where we will be truly HOME with all of our fellow brothers and sisters.
  4. Who do you love that you won’t see in eternity? As much as I look forward to heaven and being with people I love forever, I think about the people in my life who I love so much that don’t know Jesus. If Jesus came back today, I wouldn’t see them in Heaven. This breaks my heart. There should be an urgency in us to fervently pray and share with the people we love.

As much as I hate distance, I am thankful that I have such great people to miss. I am thankful for a Father who is always with me, a Father who always provides, a Father who knows what is best, and the hope of Heaven.

I love you guys!!!

xoxo- Brooke

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