"You are chatting with a friend in a coffee shop," proposes Bernard Asbell:
If you are Americans chatting in a coffee shop in Gainesville, Florida, you probably touch each other twice an hour.
If you are English and chatting in a London coffee shop, you probably do not touch at all.
If you are French and chatting in a Parisian cafe, you touch each other 110 times an hour.
If you are Puerto Rican and chatting in a San Juan coffee shop, you touch each other 180 times an hour.*
"Each of us," says Asbell, "protects his feelings of safety and comfort by living in a 'bubble' of protective space that we unconsciously maintain around ourselves--'an area with an invisible boundary … into which intruders may not come,' says Robert Sommer, a leading researcher of 'personal space.' …
Anyone entering this buffer zone makes us feel jittery, particularly if the intruder is a stranger, and we hastily adjust our protective distance even as we carry on doing something else."
*Based on research by Sidney M. Jourard, "Touch" Study, 1966.
In your relationship with God, with whom do you identify? Are you more like a Puerto Rican who reaches out to touch Him some three times a minute? Or are you more like a Brit who holds God at bay in your "bubble of protective space?"
"Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you" (James 4:8, NASB).