We’re in an in-between time. As vaccinations numbers rise and positive test results fall, it looks like we’re making progress as a nation. As the sound system is installed in our new building, and desks show up in office, it looks like we’re almost ready to start a new chapter in our congregation’s story.
But even with these encouraging developments, we’re still in an in-between time. COVID numbers are headed in the right direction, but we’re not quite there yet. The new building is basically done, but we’re waiting on some bureaucratic red tape to be taken care of. So, as close as we are, we’re in this in-between time.
These sorts of moments are strange, disorienting, and difficult. But they can also be fertile moments for our faith to grow. Our faith tells us that we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1). When you have peace with God, all of the other chaos around you becomes that much more manageable. When you consider the long list of problems that have been faced in faith, even in the last year, waiting for this in-between time to end might not rank highly. But it is still real.
In the middle of the in-between, I hear the words of Romans 5:3-5:
3 But not only that! We even take pride in our problems, because we know that trouble produces endurance, 4 endurance produces character, and character produces hope. 5 This hope doesn’t put us to shame, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
May God grant us all endurance, character, and hope. May this in-between time be a fertile field for our faith. We’re so close, friends in Christ, just a bit longer. In the meantime, in the in-between time, may you have hope.