Monday, 8 December 2014

Liminal spaces- that in-between place where we can learn through our discomfort.




This quote grabbed my attention in the sermon at church yesterday. It put words to the season of life I have felt like I've been wading through for the past couple of years. It did more than that though. It confirmed what I already had come to know in my heart- it has been about learning a new thing, consolidating previous learning and preparing for whatever is coming next. It is uncomfortable. It feels easier to just give up at times and remain in a state of hiatus, rather than seeking out what I need to be learning. This liminal space has felt like a really long time. I sense it is coming to an end though. I am filled with excitement and anticipation (and trepidation if I'm honest) about what the future holds. I know that I am in a stronger place with God than I have been in years, not based on flashes of His presence or learning at a conference (all good things still) but on a daily relationship. While my emotions still best me at times and I am far from perfect, I feel more in touch with His grace and more secure in my foundations.

If you are in that liminal space right now, have courage. You are exactly where God needs you to be to teach you new things. Seek Him and you will find those new things, even if it looks nothing like you have experienced before.

8 comments:

  1. I love this quote too! God never called us to be comfortable. This is not our home. I know it might seem odd, but I love the fact that the only real, continual safe resting place I have is in His arms. It keeps me going. The more uncomfortable I get here, the more I feel Him when I need it the most.

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    1. A brilliant way to look at it.

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  2. I, too, love this quote, as I have spent a great deal of time in liminal spaces. It helps to have a name for it, and support from others who have been there too. Blessings!

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    1. I also liked having a name for it. Makes it more real somehow!

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  3. Great quote, and I always try to remember that the safest place is in the center of God's will, even if it feels like we have been in a holding pattern for, well forever. Love that God doesn't waste any season of our life, He always wants to teach us something.

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    1. He certainly has a more intricate master plan for each moment than we can possibly imagine! I look forward to being in heaven one day and seeing the full picture.

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  4. I've spent time in the in-between spaces. It's rarely comfortable, but in retrospect I can always see the guiding hand of God. Those in-betweens are where I've grown the most, learning to trust that God lights one footstep on the path at a time.

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    1. It is great when we recognise this truth and walk in it!

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