Three Obstacles of In-Between Places
Life is filled with beginnings, endings, and in-between places. In-between places are when you have let go of the old and you are deconstructing some aspect of your old life or calling, but you haven’t yet received the new thing God has for you.
In-between places are transitional in nature, and they can be confusing. If you find yourself in an in-between place, here are three common obstacles:
1) Unbelief About God’s Work - Sometimes we think God isn’t at work because He isn’t working the way we want. When He doesn’t move in the areas we desire, we may believe the lie that that He has forgotten us. Our expectations can blind us. In reality, He may be trying to get us to shift our focus from the old to the new.
2) Regret - After God has removed the “old thing” in our lives, and we are in our in-between place, if we don’t believe that God is at work we can find ourselves in despair as the Israelites were, and we may want to go back to our own personal Egypt. In Isaiah 43:18, God says, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.” Oh, boy! This can be hard when we are in-between and longing for comfort! It’s at these moments that we have to make a conscious effort to believe God.
3) Striving - Remember that when you are in an in-between place, it’s not your job to figure out how God will get you to your new thing; it’s your job to trust Him.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and He will direct your paths.”
There is nothing like the discomfort of an in-between place to cause me to want to figure it all out so the discomfort of my transition will vanish. For analytical types, controllers, or for those of us who always like to have our ducks in a row, being in an in-between place can feel like torture!
According to Proverbs 3:5-6, God doesn’t expect you to figure out how to get to your new thing; He just wants you to trust Him. Someone once told me, “It’s not your job to get yourself to your destiny; it’s God’s.” I believe this is great advice for in-between places.
When you are in an in-between place, believe that God is at work, look toward the future even if you wonder if you should be in your in-between place, and trust that He will get you to your new thing.
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