I have been public schooled my whole life so I think it is safe to say I have literally seen it all. The most eyeopening and shocking time in school was middle school. I moved schools when I was transitioning into middle school but I followed many of my elementary school friends on social media so I was able to still keep up with them and their lives. Some who were big sports fanatics at recess are not playing and seem to have no interest in it anymore. Others were straight A students and now it is like they are everywhere else but school. Very few are still the same person that I met and played with in elementary school. But that is what happens in the middle, it is life changing.
Middle school is a very small analogy to the middle stages of our lives. We spend the bulk of our lives in that middle stage. Beginnings are exciting and endings are bittersweet as they mark the end of one thing and the beginning of another, but the middle is where you find who you are and who you will become.
The Children of Israel are such a clear picture of that Middle Place. Moses led these children to the middle of a desert because that is where God told him to go. God took the Israelites on a longer route to the Promised Land. The children found themselves in the middle, between a huge body of water and approaching an Egyptian Army. And then Moses parted the Red Sea and led them through the middle of the waters.
Exodus 13:17 -18 KJV
17 And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt:
18 But God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red sea: and the children of Israel went up harnessed out of the land of Egypt.
God purposely led them to the desert when He easily could have taken them an easier and much shorter way, but would their story have been the same? Would they have seen His glory? Would they have learned anything?
Often times we as humans want to rush through the middle phase of life. It could be because you see someone else who seems to have it all together and you want to be where they are. Or you could be like me and you are just so bored in the middle because you do the same thing every. single. day.
We all have our own story. Mine looks nothing like yours and yours looks nothing like mine. God has given us a story and it is in the middle where we find it. The middle is where we find ourselves growing. The middle is where we see ourselves changing. It is in the middle where we find ourselves and we become who we were meant to be.
So if you are wondering why you are facing what seems like the biggest giant ever, just hold on. Keep pushing through. Keep fighting. Because this is your middle. This is your story. This is your life. And He is your God. He promises to go before you to guide you and to nurture you. He wants to give you a story that you can look back on and be able to say, “God did this.”
Don’t rush through it. Embrace it – the good, the bad, the ugly, the pretty. Stop comparing your life to someone else’s. Stop wishing you had everything she has. Stop looking down on yourself because your life is not what hers appears to be. This is your story. This is your chapter. This is you.
Between the familiar and the unknown is where you get a glimpse of what God can do.