Are You in the Middle?

Every time I read Isaiah 53, I am just overwhelmed with the grace of God. His promises through the prophet Isaiah about Jesus coming as the Messiah came true. Yet, we still have doubt today. There are those who doubt God even exists, or that there is only one god. There are times, when things get tough for believers, that we doubt His promises of protection, mercy, provision, timing and ultimately His reign on Earth when He returns. That time is often when we are “in the middle.”
I was looking in the mirror the other day and thought to myself...Man, middle age is harder than I thought. It seems like everyday I see a new wrinkle or something new aches. I didn't believe it would happen after forty, but it just has. When I was young, I never worried about wrinkles (maybe if I had I would have less today) and when I am older, I'm thinking my wrinkles may all just run together! Perhaps I’ll have something to write about then in my later years!
As I stared into the mirror, I also thought about how hard it is to be in the middle of anything.
Honestly, who really desires to be in the middle seat of an airplane?
Middle children...well, they just have issues.
Middle of an illness...usually the worst part, right?
Getting woken up in the middle of the night...that just messes with a person's sleep.
Then I thought about Peter in the middle of the storm. Peter was terrified. Jesus was asleep. The storm was raging. Peter had to endure the storm to see the miracle (see Mark 4:35-41).
Most good Christians would say they want to be "smack dab in the middle of God's will." But do they, do you, really?
Peter was "smack dab in the middle of God's will" and he was on a little bitty boat in the middle of a raging sea.
Rahab risked her life by hiding the Israelite spies and found herself "smack dab in the middle" of God's plan (see Joshua 2:1-24). 
Mary, the mother of Jesus, found herself "smack dab in the middle of God's will" as her son, Jesus, hung on the Cross (see Matthew 27:45-56). 
Being in the middle of God's will can be scary at times. It can feel lonely at times. It can feel like forever at times. But, it is exactly where we need to be if we want to participate in the work of the Kingdom for His glory.
We have to trust His faithfulness, His promises and His Word. We have to wait patiently in hopeful expectation to see His glorious plan revealed.
If we give up in the middle, we forfeit results. What if Peter had decided to throw himself overboard and end it all instead of riding out the storm? He would have totally missed out on fully recognizing Jesus’ Sovereign power.
There is a young woman by the name of Brittany Maynard. She is 29 years old and is making the painful decision to utilize Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act to end her life on November 1st. She has a “malicious and fatal form of brain cancer”
( If she goes through with this, she will be giving up in the middle of her fight…even if it feels like the end of her fight. The end is not the end until God says it is the end. I pray that somehow through miraculous intervention she changes her mind and something far greater than anything I can think, ask or imagine will happen.
So what do you find yourself in the middle of? Perhaps it is a medical crisis, a financial crisis or the crisis of a loved one that you cannot help. As hard as it is, grab on to Jesus’ hand and His hem and do not let go! Darkness comes before the dawning of a new day. Every person that met Jesus in Scripture had a need for His Sovereignty. Those who held on, despite all odds, found life, healing and provision in His timing and in His own way.
Hold on to your faith and trust in Him. He is always right there with you!

Erin Olson

Founder and CEO of Sandalfeet Ministries

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