Somewhere on the Road Between…


There is a lot going on right now.  Tumult all around us.  All around me.  So much instability and confusion.  Lately, I feel like I’m surrounded and surrender is the only course of action.  But that was not what I was instructed to do.  I was told to wait…wait for help to come.

I and many of the people in my circle are feeling that same sense of frustration.  Wondering, not whether or not God is there, but, when He’s going to send us a word of deliverance that will catapult us to our next level of faith. 

As it happened this week, I was sitting at my desk, only moments away from my next big pity party, when, in walks a good friend on the phone…fussing.  He’s talking to someone, just remarking about how rough things have been.

After I give him a warm hug hello, I ask him, “You going through it, too?”

“Yeah.  There’s a lot of that going around.”

“Everyone I know is feeling it right now.  I know God is up to something…I just can’t figure out what!”  I give an exasperated shake of my head.  He nods in agreement and then…

He looks at me sideways. “But, you know where we are, don’t you?”

“Not a clue.”

“We’re somewhere right between Passover and Pentecost. I think that’s why we’re having such a time of resistance.” 

And then, it all made sense to me. 

It was a very dark time in the lives of our faithful disciples. They had just been through the emotional rollercoaster of Jesus’s adoration and crucifixion and all that had meant, for them.  Jesus had ascended, triumphantly conquering the grave and had instructed them to wait on the Power. They were left behind to fend off interrogation.  Questions needed to be answered, but nobody knew exactly how.  Everyone was in town for the feasts and the talk was all about how to squash this movement that no one could explain. Good thing Jesus told them to hole up in the upper room and wait.  I can only imagine that the safest place to be was tucked away in some upper room. Safe…but not comfortable.

Smooshed in with a bunch of people devoid of certain ‘luxuries,’ like…bathing. Listening to the goings on outside that they would normally be party to, knowing that if they were to join, it would create a huge commotion. Had to be the longest 50 days anybody ever spent on the planet! 

But when the power came… and they became “These who have turned the world upside down.” (Acts 17:6)

So, yeah.  God has delivered you from the sting of death, hell and the grave.  You made it out alive! But what are you gonna do with this new-found deliverance?  If you’re like me (and apparently a BUNCH of people I know), you’ve been told to wait, because help is on the way. In the meantime, things are going on all around you – things you want to be a part of – but your present state of illumination requires too much explanation that you cannot provide.  So you wait…In that stinky, crowded, clustered, flustered state of limbo, with so many people feeling just like you.

Just like in the days of the early church, I would imagine that, despite all the things they had to complain about, you could still hear them reminiscing. 

“But, did you see His face when He ascended?”

“Oh, yeah! And after how horrible it was with Him on that cross!”

“I know, right? I didn’t think He had any blood left! I honestly thought it was over for all of us when they put Him in the grave.  Then He just…shows up.  Just like He said He would!”

“So you know if He said to wait here, Jesus has a plan for us.  This is gonna be really BIG!”

“I love Jesus so much! He said He’d send a ‘comforter.’  And we’d receive POWER…I can’t wait!”

Somewhere on the road between Passover and Pentecost, we must realize the victory is already done.  We need this time to process the crucifixion and the resurrection.  We have no way to explain what we’ve just been through. To move too soon would create unnecessary commotion that we couldn’t possibly handle on our own.

While waiting on the power, being of one mind and one accord is of primary importance.  Encourage your friends .Encourage YOURSELF. Take the time to remember what God has just done to you, through you and for you.  We really are in this together. And we’re all coming out with POWER!  Just wait and, WATCH OUT!  Once the power comes, we’re about to turn the world upside down!

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Aaron
    May 24, 2012 @ 05:26:35

    WOW! This is amazing. I love it. You hit it right on the head. Keep going ma. I love you and this new movement you are putting together. Let God use you.

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  2. Genaea
    May 27, 2012 @ 04:34:56

    It definitely pays to wait on God. His power is awesome, terrible, gentle, and sweet. Good read!

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  3. Kaleidoscope Perspectives
    May 29, 2012 @ 00:21:13

    Thanks, Aaron! More than you know, you’ve helped to propel this movement! Glad you approve!

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  4. Kaleidoscope Perspectives
    May 29, 2012 @ 00:25:40

    Thank for the vote of confidence, Genaea! You are so right…a little bit of patience put AWESOME POWER at our disposal!

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