Have you ever thought about the space between? It’s not really on my top 10 list of things to ponder, but I had a vision the other day. I saw a large office building. There was a ladder that went through the ceiling. I climbed it, and I ended up in the space between floors. It was very dark, but I knew that somewhere there was a door to get to the next level. I saw myself fumbling through the darkness, banging on the ceiling trying to find the open door.
I believe that many in the Body of Christ feel that they have been surrounded by darkness and are struggling to find the pathway to their next step or next assignment. We are stumbling through the darkness searching for an open door without a light. This struggle can bring great distress of soul, but emotions do not dictate truth. In Genesis 1:2, we read, “Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”
When we are in a season of pressing forward into something new, we may feel like we are covered in darkness. We may feel as though we are alone. We may feel as though we have no guidance. We may feel like we are never going to break through. Our minds and our spirits know that this too will pass, but there are moments when we must convince our emotions of the truth: God is with us.
When we are moving from here to there, there is the space between. There is always a time period between action and reaction. When we call out to someone, it takes time for the words to leave our lips and reach their ears. This is the space between. In this instance, it is only nano-seconds. When we have been at a stop light for minutes, and the light turns green, we have experienced the space between. What are we doing in the space between? What are we thinking? What are we praying? What are we focusing on?
When the space between the dream and the destination is longer than we hoped, we have found ourselves on the journey of the Potter’s wheel. This is the time of molding and shaping and refining of what was, at one time, simply a lump of clay. How we react to this journey will determine if we are vessels of noble or ignoble purposes. The Apostle Paul said this, “Now in a large house there are not only vessels and objects of gold and silver, but also vessels and objects of wood and of earthenware, and some are for honorable (noble, good) use and some for dishonorable (ignoble, common). Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things [which are dishonorable—disobedient, sinful], he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified [set apart for a special purpose and], useful to the Master, prepared for every good work” (2 Timothy 2:20-21 AMP).
The purpose of the space between is purity and character refinement. It reveals our pride, stubbornness, and unknown sins. The journey isn’t always easy, but it’s necessary. In the midst of darkness, God illuminates the fears within us, the idols we didn’t know we had, and the reality of our devotion to Him.
Yes, God, to Your will and to Your way. We may not know what it looks like or what it will require of us; however, when we find ourselves covered in darkness in the space between here and there, will we still say yes? When the very thing you are praying for seems to evade your grasp, will you still say yes? When you must put your Isaac on the altar and the ram hasn’t arrived, will you still say yes? When the tears of confusion have stained your face, will you still say yes? When the path you’re traveling is filled with detours and delays, will you still say yes?
Jesus said yes. His yes took Him to Golgotha. His yes led Him to His crucifixion, and ultimately, His death. It wasn’t pretty, and it wasn’t pain free. Nevertheless, He pressed through the space between, and on the third day, He rose again. What appeared to the death of Him, brought us all eternal victory. In His resurrected state, Jesus didn’t need doors. He walked through walls.
In the darkness of the space between, Jesus is with us. He is holding out His hand to us to join Him on an amazing journey. Jesus doesn’t need doors or ladders to get us from here to there. He simply desires our yes. Will you say yes? Give Him your yes today, and walk with Him. When He says, “Let there be light” (Genesis 1:3), you’ll be overjoyed; the pain of the past season will be a distant memory.