Our church is using a book “The Land Between” as the format for a sermon series and small discussions.
“Being between” both expresses and challenges us to go “from” the past and go “to” the future.
For a real and scary connection is seen in the “flyer” or “trapeze artist” who must let go of one bar while flying through the air, trusting that the “catcher” will indeed “catch.”
Here are a few direct quotes from the introduction.
I firmly believe that the Land Between—that space where we feel lost or lonely or deeply hurt—is fertile ground for our spiritual transformation and for God’s grace to be revealed in magnificent ways.
But in addition to being the bearer of mercy, I also have the privilege of challenging God’s people to holiness, and while the Land Between is prime real estate for faith transformation, it is also the space where we can grow resentful, bitter, and caustic if our responses are unguarded.
The wilderness where faith can thrive is the very desert where it can dry up and die if we are not watchful.
God intends for us to emerge from this land radically reshaped.
But the process of transformational growth will not occur automatically.
Our response to God while in the Land Between is what will determine whether our journey through this desert will result in deep, positive growth or spiritual decline.
The habits of the heart that we foster in this space—our responses and reactions—will determine whether the Land Between results in spiritual life or spiritual death.