When I was travelling abroad, I fell in love with doors. The colors. The shapes and sizes. The wonderment of what was beyond each magical door. You just don’t see those kinds of doors in western Canada!
A door signifies a new way of being, acting, carrying oneself on the other side. You often take your shoes off, shed a jacket or hat. But if you keep going through the same door, expecting something different, then it can only lead to frustration.
The other day my daily devotion on the Bible app was talking about holding on and not giving up while waiting for a dream. Waiting for what you know God has set in your heart. Giving the example of the Israelites in Numbers 14, the writer of the devo said “…some people would rather live in slavery than face the fear of freedom.”
You see the Israelites had already been set free. Clearly God had paved a way for that to happen (umm, can you say parting of the red sea?!) But physically, they weren’t quite at the promised land. Spies had been sent out and said that the promised land looked incredible. Provision for food was daily coming from heaven. Literally. But still the Israelites complained and longed for slavery in Egypt; it was predictable and for them, held a mirage of security.
It made me think how there is this waiting period, transition if you will, when we know God has done a work in us, He’s with us, but we’re not quite at the promised land – perhaps complete freedom in an area of our life. That dream. That new way of thinking or level of courage. Knowing Him in greater depth like you desire. In some form, as believers in Christ, we always have an area of our lives being transformed.
We’ll call that transition the ‘space’. And from this story of the Israelites I think we can learn a few things of what the ‘space’ between slavery and the promised land requires:
*trusting in God’s provision
*learning to live in new ways and think new ways
*remembering God’s goodness
See that ‘space’ is cultivated time so that we can appreciate and own freedom. If the Israelites had gone directly from Egypt to the Promised Land, like some Monopoly move where you circle past your opponent and instantly collect $250, then chances are they would not have been ready for it. They would not have known how to walk in freedom, because they were still thinking like slaves. The space, as frustrating as it was for them, was necessary to learn to walk in new ways of thinking, living, and trusting God.
So if you’re in a ‘space’, look at what the Lord was wanting to instil in them. The space isn’t meant to frustrate or destroy us, it’s meant to prepare us. Deepen us. Renew our minds. Show us more of His goodness. The good work He began, He will complete. (Phil 1:6)
I put a sticky note on my bathroom mirror after reading this devo that says, “Old ways won’t open new doors!” as a reminder that God is always with me, always at work, and I’m no longer a slave because of the work of the cross. I’m just learning to walk in new ways 😉
Have an amazing week! xo