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.
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!