Day 156: The Space Between (June 5)

There is the space between the letting go and the receiving.  This space can feel like a void.  It’s the space that takes the most courage because you’ve just done what God has instructed by letting go of the thing you don’t need anymore, but you’ve yet to receive the promise, or the next thing.  There is a space that can feel as vast as the ocean, and it’s in that space where trust is the only buoy.

Only people from my age range would probably remember this, but the space between reminds me of the Nothing in the movie “The Neverending Story”.  Do you remember that?  They are just in a vast black space for a time.  It is a quiet spot in the adventure, but it was not the end.

In that space many return to the old out of fear.  Some force their way through to any new thing they can find, but the few….the trusting will stay still and continue to move only at the beck and call of the One Who laid out the plan in the first place.  It’s in that space where we truly learn whether or not we trust God.

I am finding myself in that space today.

My question to you is, what do you do when there’s nothing to do yet?  How do you wait?

Do you spin your wheels looking for something, anything to do?  Do you throw a tantrum, yelling and screaming at God and others because you are just so painfully uncomfortable, or do you take that moment, that breath and lean into the Father’s chest?  Do you take advantage of a pause?  Do you find a closer more intimate space with God?

It’s in the nothing, that we can truly find something.  That something is the glory of God.  The Presence of the Lord.

If you find yourself in the space between today, I want to encourage you.  Instead of flailing around and freaking out about the nothingness of it all, just take a minute and look around.  Is God actually trying to bless you with a respite?  Is He taking a breath so you can refocus on Him, or meet another facet of His being?  Whatever it is, just embrace it.  Just breathe.  Enjoy the moment because before you know it, the next thing will come, and life will be full again.  Will you trust Him?

But I trust in You, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.”  Psalm 31:14

In the morning, O Lord, You hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before You and wait in expectation.  Psalm 5:3

Therefore, return to your God, observe kindness and justice, and wait for your God continually.      Hosea 12:6

Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord.  Psalm 27:14