Sequestered right in the middle of nowhere, I’m trying to write this article but the signal is so bad. You move one inch to the left and you have no signal so I have to hold my laptop glued in one position and hit the publish button quickly before signal disappears on me. While I’m wondering why Mrs. Jemimah adores this place, my seventeen-year-old niece Barbz who has left the mom’s house in the city says this is the place she wants to be so that she can find herself.
Mark 6:46-47 [NKJV] And when He had sent them away, He departed to the mountain to pray. Now when evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea; and He was alone on the land
One of the scariest things Jesus' disciples ever went through was the storm on the sea of Galilee. The boat was in the middle of the sea being tossed around by the waves and the wind. They were trapped and scared. It was in the middle that they really began to lose heart. It was in the middle that they lost focus.
It was in the middle that they thought they were going to die; it was in the middle that they thought they were going to drown. It is exasperating being right in the middle. You see, the thing about the middle is that you’re equally far from where you started out, and you’re also just as far from the ending.
People talk about the beginning and people talk about the end of a matter. No one really talks about the in between. If you’ve ever sat in a bus or a train or an airplane, you’ve probably noticed that many people when reserving a seat, reserve either the isle or the window seat. No one loves the middle seat because it is in the middle that one feels trapped and suffocated. And this is true in any given situation in life.
The beginning is exhilarating and the ending is a celebration but it's in the middle where you get bogged down. In the middle is where it's most tempting to give up. It’s in the middle of a situation that our fears can easily overtake us yet it was in the middle of the sea that Jesus showed up.
Trusting the process means learning to trust in God’s timing. I don’t know about you but if there’s something I love about God, is His timing. He might not show up when you think He will but right in the nick of time, Jesus never fails to show up. You know why? Check this out.
There they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle John 19:18 [NIV]
If there be any encouragement in this walk of life, please find encouragement in the knowledge that you worship a God who is familiar with the storms you face. On the old wooden rugged cross at Calvary, Christ was ‘trapped’ between two thieves. He was in the middle of a painful situation; He didn’t have to but He did it anyway. He did it so that we might find encouragement whenever we find ourselves in the middle of situations. So He knows what it means and what it feels like to be in the middle of a situation, that’s why you can trust Him to show up.
As long as this life is a journey, we are going to begin and we are going to end. And of-course we are going to find ourselves in the middle. This is not the place to throw in the towel, this is the place where we keep our eyes above the waves, the place where we keep believing even for the remainder part of the journey.
This is the place where you gather the strength to keep rowing your boat because when you remember that it is Jesus who sent them away on the boat, then you know for sure that God didn’t bring you all this far to leave you stranded. Sometimes it will be frustrating, sometimes you’ll be tempted to question your faith, sometimes it will be painful but as this girl says “don’t waste the pain” and don’t waste the experience I add.
Child of God, Right In The Middle