Are you in a place of in between?
I’m in a place of in between, and imagine many of you may be as well. You left one place in your life and are headed to another. You aren’t where you were, but you aren’t where you’re going, either. You are in between.
After the Israelites crossed the Red Sea in a magnificent display of God’s power, glory, and grace, they came to the desert oasis of Elim with its twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees. God provided this stopping point for his people to rest before they hit the wilderness again on their way to the place Moses would receive from God’s hand his commands for how his people are to live. Mount Sinai.
Between Elim and Mount Sinai stretched the wilderness. That place Priscilla Shirer in her book, Awaken, calls the in-between. Priscilla says in between times are necessary because they are the bridge between what God has done for us, and what he’s preparing to do in our future.
This is where we learn to draw close to God as he teaches us how to depend on him for everything.
Perhaps at this moment, the wilderness feels as though it’s draining you dry. The refreshment of Elim is no longer dripping off your tongue, nor is Sinai’s peak in your line of sight. … But trust God. Believe that if He has positioned you in-between, for now, this is where you’ll grow nearer to Him and where you’ll be best prepared for what lies ahead.
The in-between time is not a waste.
Elim was yesterday, Sinai is tomorrow.
But for now … be in-between. (Awaken)
If you are in-between, what do you do to draw near to God as you wait expectantly on the LORD?
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They set out from Elim, and all the congregation of the people of Israel came to the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had departed from the land of Egypt. Exodus 16:1 (ESV)
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