Somewhere in the Middle of Darkness and In Between

Darkness.

Is your perspective of darkness positive  or negative?

God often uses the dark times of our lives to reveal the next “new” thing He wants us to see.

All of us have times of transitions, shift, or change. Chance Coggins uses the term “in between” to describe this stage.

In between what once was and what will someday be.

In between what was comfortable and the life you’re meant for…next.

Stuck In Between…In the Dark

In this stage of in between, you may have the feeling God has turned off the lights to the old things, but He hasn’t yet turned them on to the new.

You feel stuck in the dark.

In between jobs.

In between geographic locations.

In between seasons of life.

In between what was so comfortable and satisfying to not knowing what the next step is for your future.

Or what the “new” even looks like.

When you leave a room full of light then walk into a dark room, what happens?  Your eyes have to adjust to the darkness. Things look differently in the dark than they do in the light.

Sometimes, in the in between stage, it’s not about what you’re doing.  It’s about who you are becoming. ~ Coggins

Dennis, and I went through a major in between stage in 2014.  We followed God’s leading to leave our pastoral positions and pursue Christian marriage and counseling ministry. We thought we’d be busy and productive.

We were wrong. Very wrong.

It was a scary time. We’d left secure paychecks to pursue a life of living by faith. But in that in between time, God made it very clear He was much more interested in our hearts than how much was in our bank accounts.

And it was dark. Very dark.

Adjusting being together 24/7 was especially difficult. Here we were in a marriage ministry called Make Us One, recognizing we weren’t so one!

Yet in the dark season of the in-between, God brought to light issues in our lives He wanted us to see.

God gave us new eyes to see the new things He was doing. The character flaws, the imperfections, the sin in our lives that didn’t please Him.

Ouch, ouch, ouchy ouch!

The Overcomer’s Anointing by Barbara Yoder really ministered to me during that time.

When darkness comes over you, you can be sure that God is making something new, because His new things are always conceived and developed in darkness.

The encouraging point of the book that helped me through the darkness is from Gen 1:2-:

 The earth was formless and void or a waste and emptiness, and darkness was upon the face of the deep. The Spirit of God was moving (hovering, brooding) over the face of the waters.

 Even though the darkness covered the earth, the Spirit of God was hovering.

Whatever our season of in-between looks like, God’s spirit is hovering over us in the darkness.

Before God gets ready to create the new thing, He causes us to notice the darkness and the chaotic void so that we will begin to cry out to Him to come and do a new thing.       ~ Yoder

As the Spirit hovered, God already knew the new that would come out of that darkness. He hovered in a deliberate manner to bring forth a newly created order of life.

When God is ready to transform something, He comes and lingers over it.

Forget about what’s happened;
don’t keep going over old history.
Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new.
It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?
There it is!

Today, on the other side of that particular season of in between, Dennis and I testify that the new that God created in us was preparation for this  current season .

Of yet another time of in-betwen!

If not for the lessons learned in that dark season, our marriage and testimony could not survive the present adventure we are excitably living.

If you find yourself in a dark season of in between, I want to point you to something a fellow struggler said that has encouraged me in many a time of darkness.

If you are walking in darkness,
    without a ray of light,
trust in the Lord
    and rely on your God. 

What new things has God conceived in your darkness?

You are loved,

Debbie

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