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The Space Between

Wednesday, April 3rd
The Space Between
By: Pastor Shane Beauvais
1 Peter 1:3-9

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

In life, we often find ourselves navigating the space between what was and what is to come. This “in-between” is what we call liminal space. Liminal spaces are those uncertain transitions between where we've been and where we're going, whether physically, emotionally, or metaphorically. Being in a liminal space means we're on the threshold of something new, even if we're not quite there yet.

How do you embrace these moments? I find it beneficial to begin by identifying where I am on the journey. Naming where I am gives me clarity. Next, I ask myself, “What do I leave on the mountain, and what have I discovered while on that mountain to carry forward into the next?” Recognizing these moments are a necessary part of our journey toward growth and transformation.

I am confident that no one likes going through difficult trials that cause us to suffer grief. As tough as these spaces are, Peter leads us to remember that in all this, there is still reason to rejoice. These trials are shaping us and building our character, just like gold is refined by fire.

Within these moments, as challenging as they may be, it is these moments when God’s presence can be experienced in extraordinary ways. Have you ever felt a love so strong despite never seeing the object of your affection? This is the kind of love that Peter is referring to! That's the kind of love that fills you with an indescribable and glorious joy.
So, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy, he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ!

Even if you can't see it right now, your unwavering faith in that love brings you the ultimate reward - the salvation of your soul. When our reality is challenged the most, God makes what seems to be an ordinary space sacred and the impossible possible in these “liminal times.”

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