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July 31, 2012

In Between

Have you ever been in that place of in between? Maybe you are in between jobs or maybe you are in between a doctor’s visit and getting the test results back.  Perhaps you are going through a major crisis in your life and you feel like you are in between a rock and a hard place.  Maybe you are just in between where you used to be and where you want to be in life. How do you live in the middle of the tension? How do you have peace in the middle of the problems? How do you have freedom in the middle of the fear?

If you are in the place of in between today, the good news is that virtually every hero of the Bible had to go through it. Abraham’s place of in between was infertility. God promised him he would be the father of a great nation, and yet he and his wife, Sarah, had no children. Joseph’s place of in between was in a prison cell. He had a dream to save his family and an entire nation from a famine, yet he was sold into slavery, accused of a crime he didn’t commit and was thrown into prison for years.  Noah’s place of in between was a construction project that seemed like it would never end. God called him to build the ark, and he built it for years with no sign of rain, just signs of rejection and ridicule from his neighbors.  Daniel’s place of in between was the lion’s den.

How do you live in that place of in between, because even Jesus Christ went through it? Jesus Christ came to save the world, and yet He lived the first 30 years of His life in obscurity.  He lived in the place of in between until He performed His first miracle and started His ministry.  If even Christ went through it, there must be something to this place of in between.  In fact, I would argue that it’s the only place where you can really find the things you are looking for.  The only place you are going to find real peace is in the middle of anxiety.  The only place you are going to find real joy is in the middle of problems. The only place you are going to find real patience is in the middle of waiting.