For last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me, and he said, ‘Don’t be afraid, Paul, for you will surely stand trial before Caesar! What’s more, God in his goodness has granted safety to everyone sailing with you.’ Acts 27:23-24
In between is the hardest place to be.
The apostle Paul was on his way to Rome: the Lord had already told him that he needed to preach in Rome (Acts 23:11). But on the way there, the ship Paul was on was destroyed. He knew that he would live, he knew God had a plan… but he still found himself in the middle of a hurricane, a chaos of shipwreck and floating in the middle of the ocean- in the middle of nowhere. The angel of the Lord had told him everything would turn out all right, but he still had to go through an in- between place.
The Lord has anointed, prepared and appointed you for a set time and purpose. But on your way to purpose, there are details in your story. Like Paul, we have the in- between seasons of life where God gives us missions for the sake of others. Paul could have avoided going to Rome, but He was submitted to the will of God and wanted to please Him at all costs. Paul was committed to sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ to all the world. When Paul was on trial, king Agrippa said to Festus: this man could have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar (Acts 26:13); in other words, Paul chose to go to Rome.
God called you and you answered the call. You didn’t choose Him, but He chose you. You made the right choice to follow God, and He has a plan for you- even in all the details of your life, there are souls to be saved. God knows your beginning, He knows the end, and He knows the in between. You’re going to be okay. The Lord knows you, your thoughts, your feeling, yet He still believes in you. God still loves you in your unbelief, in your mistakes, in your frustration or even in the uncertainty you feel. Maybe you’ve been in the in-between for a while and you don’t think you will make it. Maybe the winds are blowing, maybe your ship has wrecked, maybe you’re floating in the middle of the ocean, but I promise you are going to get to the other side. And when you get there, you will experience life with increased faith in God, confidence in your preparation, and many testimonies to tell the souls around you.
Our Lord Jesus was in an in between place when He was crucified- but on the third day, He rose from the dead. Those must have been 3 long days! Joseph was sold to Egypt by his own brothers, he was wrongfully accused and imprisoned: he was in an in- between place for a long time! But he made it to the other side, he became the political instrument which helped his Israelite people. You are in transition, and this in- between place is for others to witness the goodness of God in your life.
Father God, Most High God, wonderful God, thank you for being you. Thank you for giving us today. Thank you for allowing us to freely enjoy church, and to be able to preach the gospel. Thank you for giving us hope on a daily basis. Thank you for being our Savior, I ask you to give us joy and strength to get to the next chapter of our lives. In Jesus name, Amen.