Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Time in between...

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is when Peter was asked to step out of the boat and walk on water. I can remember as a kid in Sunday school hearing that story... in fact I can almost hear Mrs. Bauer, the beginners class teacher, telling that story. She was such a sweet, loving lady & I am sure she had great impact on many lives, including mine. Anyway, back to the story... as a kid it seemed so "mystical" to me (although I am sure as a kid I didn't know that was the word for it!).

I can remember being down at our local beach & thinking if I put my eyes on Jesus I should be able to walk on water... I was taught that Jesus was in my heart, so I fixed my eyes on my chest (because that was where my heart is... and Jesus lives there... are you still with me?) & stepping out very carefully to try & walk on water... why didn't it work for me... what did I do wrong????? Oh, the mind of a child... wish I could be that naive now.

Do you ever feel like the in between time is the hardest time? For instance, what do you think was going through Peter's mind the time between when he asked Jesus to bid him come & walk on the water and when he actually got out of the boat??? Do you think he was thinking, "do I, don't I, do I, don't I?" Did he have anxiety? I find for myself the in between time is probably the hardest time... the thinking about it... wondering what will happen... should I, shouldn't I?... is this really what I should be doing?... how long do I have to wait?... what am I to learn in this time?

I guess that is the question... what am I to learn in the time in between? This time can be the hardest but it can also be the most rewarding. During these times I can be drawn closer to God... my eyes can be taken off ME & my problems... I can reach out to help someone else... I can completely surrender my ways to God's ways. "But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." Isaiah 40:31

A song I really love is called "Time In Between" by Francesca Battistelli

You were there when Your Father said, "Let there be the light"
You obeyed when He whispered, "Son, You have to leave tonight"
To spend nine months in a mother's womb, three days in a borrowed tomb
It's the time in between that brings me to my knees
Knowing You came for me
And all that I can be I'm amazed, so amazed
And I thank You for the time in between
Don't take much for this crazy world to rob me of my peace
And the enemy of my soul says You're holding out on me
So I stand here lifting empty hands for You to fill me up again
But it's the time in between that I fall down to my knees waiting on what You'll bring
And the things that I can see I know that my songs incomplete
Still I sing in the time in between
So many ways Your love has saved the day
And I'm grateful for them all.
But it's the time in between the middle of two things that says everything
It's the reason I believe, I'm amazed, so amazed
And I thank You for the time in between.
Lord, I thank You for the time in between.

with a grateFUL HEART, carin


stephanie garcia said...

Thank you for sharing the link to your devotional with me. It is wonderful. I appreciate your honestly and transparency and allowing God to use your heartaches for His glory. I know it will be a blessing to many who read it!

Anonymous said...

As I pause from my busy morning to read this, I am refreshed and ready to go at it again. Your words and the words to your favorite song will start my afternoon out just right. Thank you so much - Love you - Sharon

Crystal said...

I love what you shared here . I've always thought the beginnings and the endings sometimes are so much easier than what's in between ... the waiting, the questions, the unknowing . But it does seem that the in betweens in the journey are where the best lessons are often learned. Love the words to that song . Bless you, Carin !

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

I love what you have shared here! This is such an inspiration!! It is during the tough times, unfortunately that we turn our lives to Christ and trust his leading. Why is it that when things are good that we do not look to him as much! God is so Good! TFS! Bless you!!

Lovely Linda said...

I have just found your blog and am thrilled to find another Christian who shares their faith on their Blog. I have been blogging for 3 weeks and feel that I am to use it to share my faith.....Peter is one of my favourite Bible know he strated off good, ended up good BUT he took his eyes of Jesus in the middle - sound easy to do!! Great devotional!! Thanks for sharing - I will be following along now...God bless you!!