Friday, February 25, 2011

Land of Inbetween

I have been emotionally tied... Exhausted this week. There is no physical reason...... But this morning in my quit time , the spirit whispered remember last year... at this very time last year I was in battle! A spiritual battle to bring Eden home! There were pleople involved that didn't want us to bring her home. I was even told at one point that " if they couldn't find any one else then they knew we were there for her" But god prevailed and we brought our daughter home , we had our adoptions happen in the past year, we went from being foster parents to being able to only adopt as we now have to many little ones to foster, we have delt with so many medical issues and diagnoses, and we havent stopped .... I think that I am finally allowing myself to rest...... And through all of this feel like our family has been in the land of in between for awhile now.
Reading a blog I follow this this morning I came across this , and it is the perfect picture of where our family has been this past year.. It is reassuring that even in the in-between God is incontrol !

There's a place between here and there.  A piece of ground in the middle of take-off and landing.  A section of the unknown within beginning and ending.  You probably find yourself there from time to time.  It's the land known as Inbetween.

Inbetween is one of the most rugged places in life.  You aren't fully here, and you aren't fully there.  Your emotions and hopes are strewn across an endless list of possibilities.  Door knobs of wood, brass, and silver line the path, but which will open?  In the land of Inbetween, the paths are lined with sealed envelopes and foggy dreams.  Excitement runs forward and fears hold back.  And if you stay long enough, you feel the tremors of  your soul.

The land of Inbetween is downright scary.  It's a place of blind trust.  It's where the pedals of faith meet the narrow road of fortitude and where movement is demanded though there's no place to go.  The worst part of this land isn't the uncertainty or frustration that accompany it - it's that God likes it when you're there.

While He's no sadist, God loves the land of Inbetween.  He loves what it does to us.  He loves the humility and dependence it creates in our hearts, so He creates innumerable forks in life's road that swerve us into the land of Inbetween.  The unknowns of job, marriage, children, and home are the signs of this uncertain land.  At times, people are thrust into Inbetween by mishaps, accidents, sudden deaths, and even unexpected fortune.  Some people visit so many times they begin to wonder if it's life.  And they aren't far off.

So what will hold you steady when you walk through the terrain of Inbetween?  A recognition that Inbetween is God's design.  In one miraculous moment, the Creator of the universe placed you in the greatest Inbetween of all time - the place between the earthly creation and eternity.  Life's smaller lunges forward and backward are merely postcard reminders that there's something greater than this place we're visiting.

If you're in your own land of Inbetween, remember that God was the original designer of this journey.  You can get mad, scream, and even pout if you want. But it doesn't change the fact that you're merely passing through.  Everything else is Inbetween.  (from Deeper Walk, a Relevant Devotional Series, thank you SIT A SPELL for sharing this:) )

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