I heard a sermon once that really hit home for me. The speaker told the story of Peter walking on water to meet Jesus and being so afraid he almost drowned. What hit home to me wasn’t the fact that Peter was fearful, almost drowned, and had to trust Jesus; but rather how Jesus called the disciples into the middle of the ocean. They were too far to turn back and had no choice but to get out and walk to Jesus.
I can relate in my very on life. When God lead me to quit my job in the social work field and to pursue fashion, everything happened so quickly all I could do was act. I had numerous doors open for me : worked behind-the-scenes at top fashion shows, took an all expenses paid trip to South Africa to intern with one of Africa’s top designers, and was able to showcase my designs in front of 700+ people at of the most sought out NYC venues. From the outside looking in, everything seem picture perfect ! With all happening so fast, I thought I was well on my way to success in the fashion industry, boy was I wrong.
God was, as he did Peter and the disciples, driving my boat into the middle of the ocean far from the shore (comfort). When I started to see what “I” built for myself, since changing careers began to crumble in front of me, I started questioning God. I was knocking on doors that just would not open. I looked at where I was (still am) and noticed I was so far out into the middle of the ocean that I could not turn back (I am was exactly where God wanted me). I was so many years separated from my past career that I couldn’t go back to that area of comfort if I wanted to. God had me at the crossroad in my life.
I call it a Spiritual Crossroad: Not who you were and not yet who you wish to be, not where you were but not yet where you want to be . You are in your middle.
This is where Peter was, he was too far to turn back. He had one choice, get out of the boat, get on the water, and be fearless enough to walk to Jesus. I encourage someone reading this right now to know: you are exactly where you need to be at this current moment. You are not lost! You will not drown! Get out of the boat (your comfort zone) , don’t look back (at your past), and start walking towards Jesus.
The middle is where you build your character!
There’s nothing wrong with being in the middle. The middle is where you build your character. The middle is where you begin to find out who you truly are. The middle is where healing is initiated. You aren’t who you used to be but you still aren’t quite who you want to be YET. This is your middle. Don’t be in such a rush to move past your middle but instead embrace your middle. Your next level is soon to come !
Scriptures to help you if you’re feeling stuck:
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a]have been called according to his purpose.