Are We There Yet? - MIRACLE IN THE MIDDLE

Excerpt from Miracle in The Middle.

The “Are we there yet” questioning of God may be silent to those around you, but it rarely stops resonating inside of you. It can become a repetitive echo in your soul. It can be evidenced by the change in your demeanor, as your enthusiasm for the journey lessens. Now your ebbing faith causes your once confident stride to be replaced by faltering footsteps. At this point, your own barrage of questions begins toward our Heavenly Father, as you seek assurance that this journey has an end destination in sight. It is often in this void that we think we need to hear God’s voice the most and yet it can seem that it is here that He speaks the least. Just like when we, as parents, choose to not always respond to our children’s demands to stop the vehicle or pacify their boredom. In the same way, God doesn’t always answer us immediately.

If we leave this internal turmoil unaddressed it can quickly intensify from a quiet complaint to a temper tantrum with God. At this point, without intervention, the impatient traveler is tempted to take matters into their own hands, often with disastrous results. We attempt to force what God hasn’t endorsed or prematurely leave the route He has planned for us, thinking we will find a shortcut to a breakthrough by ourselves. (By the way, I have tried the shortcut and my advice is to not take it!)

I have asked God many times Are we there yet? only to find no satisfactory answer to help me decide whether I should persevere or give in. The fact is we are all on a journey from where we are now to where we want to be. And in our eagerness to get there we must remember that God never promised it would be easy. We weren’t given a fast pass to jump the part of the process we like the least. The journey of any dream, plan, and destiny will be filled with many highs and lows; it will take you from mountaintop to valley. The scenery may go from breathtaking to boring, but when we trust God with the process every stage can be useful and instructive.

I have asked God many times Are we there yet? only to find no satisfactory answer to help me decide whether I should persevere or give in. The fact is we are all on a journey from where we are now to where we want to be. And in our eagerness to get there we must remember that God never promised it would be easy. We weren’t given a fast pass to jump the part of the process we like the least. The journey of any dream, plan, and destiny will be filled with many highs and lows; it will take you from mountaintop to valley. The scenery may go from breathtaking to boring, but when we trust God with the process every stage can be useful and instructive.

On my own journey I have met many people who are at the crossroads between their dreams and their current reality. They are confused travelers, disoriented by the season they are in. I have seen weary pastors ready to walk away from their calling, tired of the testing and disillusioned by their progress. I have listened to business leaders share how their frustrations were causing them to derail plans for the future. I have seen others quit projects and downscale their expectations because the journey had brought such disappointment that it corroded confidence and deflated dreams. At these crossroads we have to contend with that inner child in the backseat of our mind who is more inclined to quit than to persevere.

Every journey typically goes through three stages. For the purposes of this book I will call them the beginning, the middle, and the end. The beginning and the end act as the two great bookends to the section we’re referring to as the middle. This middle stage can be short or long, but I have found it is usually longer than we want it to be. Though it has moments when it is exhilarating, it is usually exhausting. The middle is also not very glamorous and, therefore, not something we choose to dwell on. The middle is the Are we there yet? part of our journey and I believe one of the most underestimated stages of our growth. Throughout our time together I want to elevate the middle stage and to ask you to reconsider the power in this place that you may even be resenting. I truly believe that in the middle is where you really find out what is in the middle of you.
 

Reflection: What middle are you currently facing?