I love this quote from author, editor and public speaker Marilyn Ferguson, “It’s not so much that we’re afraid of change or so in love with the old ways, but it’s that place in between that we fear . . .It’s like being between trapezes. It’s Linus when his blanket is in the dryer. There’s nothing to hold on to.”
She brings up a good point. When we are in prayer and lifting up our requests to God we know where we are. We may not like where we are, but we know it. We also know what we desire the outcome of our prayers to be. We know what that might look like, and so we have some mental equivalent for what that place will be. But it’s that pesky place in between. The prayer has been offered up to God, the answer has not yet come (or we think it has not) and we feel at a loss.
It’s the place in between that we fear. The place between what was, and what is to come that causes all the problems. We can be good at finding God in the prayer, and knowing we are being heard, we can be good about knowing God is in our answer. (Unless it turns out differently than we expected, and that’s a whole other matter.) That gap, that in-between, causes us to wonder if we have been forsaken, left on our own, or we imagine God is seeing what we will do next before deciding to respond to us.
So, know this: God is in that gap. God is there because first of all God is everywhere. On that unseen part of life much is happening. Prayers are in the process of being answered, bodies are in the process of being healed, relationships are in the process of moving to a new place, opportunities are being created just for you and God is still holding you firmly in a warm loving embrace. We can hold onto God because God is holding on to us. Even if you let go God is still holding on to you and always will. Why do I know this? I read it in a book I trust.
“For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him.” (Psalm 62: 5)
Affirmation: “God is everywhere, even right here with me.”
Rev. Jefferson Beeker
We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.
Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life. Please join us each Sunday at 5:30 PM in our Social Hall at First Christian Church, North Hollywood, CA for our Contemporary Celebration and Praise service. Come as you are and enjoy an hour of great music from our wonderful band and singers, inspiring messages and good fellowship. Those things in life that you have been seeking have also been seeking you. Now is a good time to receive them. We will lift one another to live exciting, abundant new lives of possibility and purpose.
Also, join me on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8 PM for an hour of guided and silent meditation, reflection, affirmation and prayer. As always, we will share communion together. Everyone is welcome.
First Christian Church, North Hollywood, 4390 Colfax Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604. http://www.fccnh.org
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