“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:39)
A recent experience reminded me of what Paul says here. But it wasn't death, life, height, depth or any of the other things that was attempting to separate me from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. It was my "monkey mind" in overdrive one of these first cold fall mornings.
I stopped to try to nip the chill in the air with a cup of drive-through coffee on the way into work. My mind was rehashing a recent conversation, and I was growing crabbier by the moment. When my turn at the drive-through came, the cashier smiled and told me the man in the ice-covered car in front of me had paid for my order.
My crabbiness came crashing down around me. In the world of my own making, there wasn't any kindness; there wasn't any love. The pay-it-forward gesture of the person in the car in front of me threw a bucket of cold water on my crabby heart. Through this simple kindness I was greatly humbled to realize that I, not anyone else, was separating myself from the goodness and love that God abundantly lavishes upon us.
That guy just thought he would make me smile, perhaps. He made me cry with humility for being such a curmudgeon before 8 o'clock in the morning.