The Land Between: Navigating Transitions

The “land between” is the place of change and transition. It is where life is not as it once was and there is uncertainty about the future. Some people are suddenly thrown into the land between without any warning.

  • Your boss says, “You are being transferred” (or worse, “Your position has been eliminated”).   
  • Your partner says, “I don’t love you anymore.”
  • Your daughter says, “I’m pregnant.”
  • Your son calls and says, “I’m at the police station.”
  • The doctor says, “The tumor is malignant.”

In a matter of seconds, you are ripped out of your normal life and find yourself in a new and uncertain world.

Others gradually slip into the land between.

  • A marriage slowly erodes until both feel like roommates.
  • The business slowly bleeds out until there is no more money and you have to close. 
  • A parent’s memory slowly fades after an Alzheimer’s diagnosis.
  • Your health deteriorates after a cancer diagnosis.

This message series (see below) is designed to give you tools to navigate this kind of transitional space in healthy and faithful ways. The land between is a challenging place, and if we are not careful we can slip into self-destructive behaviors that undermine our faith and cause us to lose our way. However, if we stay close to God we can navigate transitions in ways that strengthen our faith and lead to a brighter tomorrow.

Video Links:

Message 1: “I’m Sick of This! Complaining in Times of Transition.”

Message 2: “Bring Your Pain to God: Dealing with Discouragement.”

Message 3: “Divine Provision: How God Works Through Others.”

Message 4: “From Tribulation to Transformation: Finding Purpose in Your Pain.”

What Do You Treasure? Gaining a New Perspective

In this message, I reflect on the parables of the hidden treasure and the pearl of great price (Matthew 13:44-46). The main idea is that the Kingdom of Heaven is among us hidden in plain sight. Do you have eyes to see? Once we find this invaluable treasure of God’s presence it changes everything. Check out this message to see how!

Seeing People Through the Eyes of Grace

“From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view [lit., ‘according to the flesh’ = from a frame of reference that opposes God]” (2 Corinthians 5:16). Those in Christ see differently. They see the people around them differently, as those for whom Christ died, not as outsiders to be marginalized, opponents to be debated, or enemies to be defeated. This passages connects well with my message yesterday on the Splendid Samaritan.