When Change Leaves You Standing on Middle Ground

Have you ever felt the sudden uneasiness of getting lost while traveling? A pit forms in your stomach and maybe even a little panic in your chest.  Tension rises. With your starting point out of sight and your destination yet to be reached, you’re on middle ground.

Middle ground occurs in more ways than traveling.

I have a dear friend who is walking through a life change. She wants nothing more than for the process to move quickly, but she is at the mercy of others. Her control is limited. She’s on middle ground.

Another friend longs for a job in a new state. She’s filled out applications, walked through interviews and done all she can do. Now she waits. She’s on middle ground.

A childhood friend spent her days watching her toddler laugh and play until they received a negative report from the doctor. Now they sit in hospitals, undergoing treatments and hoping for the day they’ll return home to “normal” life. She’s on middle ground.

Middle ground has many views.

I was a working mom. I operated with a schedule, checked off a to-do list and returned home each evening with a sense of purpose and fulfillment.  Now, I am a stay-at-home mom. I am blessed, but I don’t have a schedule; my to-do list is raising my son and at the end of the day I long for purpose and fulfillment. I’m trusting God, but for now I’m on middle ground.

All of these situations involve middle ground, but none of them are without hope.

Because God is sovereign over every stage of our lives we never have to doubt His involvement. Yet, there are times when middle ground makes us wonder what God is doing. Our mind waffles between dreaming of the future and reliving the past. Discouragement and weakness may set in. We may feel vulnerable or powerless as we look for our next assignment or opportunity.  But this seeming absence of God’s activity is only a tactic from the enemy designed to make us lose our focus.

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Middle ground is God’s ground. It’s a place where faith grows and trust is learned. When we are emptied of ourselves, we are positioned for the Almighty to grow inside us.

But let’s be honest, middle ground can also be fertile ground for emotions like: frustration, fear, panic, insecurity, and anger.

When this happens, it helps to keep middle ground in perspective. God’s perspective. The emotions we experience are not easy. But, when we remember, this won’t last forever, we are better able to stay the course.

Before He was born in a manger at Bethlehem, Jesus lived in Heaven, with streets of gold, singing angels and pure perfection. He spent 33 years on earth teaching, healing and ultimately dying for our sins. Earth was his middle ground, yet His middle ground became the ground that saved our souls.

If you are on middle ground, will you join me in staying the course?

The enemy will send thoughts to make us doubt God’s sovereignty, but let’s determine to follow 2 Corinthians 10:5, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (emphasis mine)

Dear friend, God’s got this! It’s not easy, but when we keep our focus on God and filter our day’s through His promises, we receive power that enables us to keep believing and keep going!


10 thoughts on “When Change Leaves You Standing on Middle Ground

  1. Hey Leigh Ellen, what a blessing to find you beside me at #LiveFree today. This post spoke straight to my heart. I love this line: “Middle ground is God’s ground.” Amen to that. It’s so easy to get discouraged in that period where it feels like we’re in limbo, but he’s still there. Blessings to you, friend. So glad I stopped by today.

    • Hi Abby,
      What a blessing you are to me! God has used your writing to encourage my heart many times on this middle ground!
      Thank you for stopping by! May God bless you today and always!
      Love and Appreciate You!

  2. Hello Leigh Ellen! We are neighbors at #LiveFree Thursdays. Staying at home and homeschooling 5 kids, has been quite the Middle Ground for me! I’ve been doing it for years, but my heart has longed to do other things. I LOVE your comment: “Middle ground is God’s ground.” That is so true in my life. Obeying His call to homeschool, He has opened up other opportunities that have satisfied the desires of my heart. The middle ground is the place He has used to make some of my dreams a reality. We can’t short change this time. During this time He has molded me and shaped me to prepare me for the next level. This middle ground is indeed a season to be embraced, knowing it is just that…. a season.

    • Alisa, what an amazing feat – homeschooling five children! I admire and applaud all your efforts! Thank you for stopping by today! Your visit and words are a gift to me. May God bless the road ahead of you sweet sister!

  3. Veronica Thomas says:

    Leigh Elle this a beautiful. I did not look at this situation the way you have stated it. Wow, how encouraging these words are. Thank you so much for allowing God to use you. I am learning how to just wait and let God work. It has been hard but it is certainly a learning process.

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