When you search for Me, you will find Me.” Jeremiah 29:13
How do you live through the uncomfortable in-between times of life? Do you feel sometimes that you are kind of in an in-between two places – emotionally and spiritually – both that seem to be safe and secure but yet uneasy because you can feel something moving within you.
As many of you know, we just bought a house and moved into it. This was a big change. In fact, in the last 15 months we have moved from a 2300 sq foot ranch house with 15acres, to an 1100 sq. ft. cottage with just a little yard, to now a 1765 sq. ft. house (with two sun porches adding more room) and ¼ acre lovely yard. Lots of changes; lots of turmoil and stress in these changes – even good, positive stress in some instances. Change is hard on us.
So often we wonder how we will make the change. Many have been afraid of change. Change is scary to humans because they realize if they go through the change, they are going to leave behind what they have known. It is difficult to leave behind even the uncomfortable things, sometimes. I remember a few weeks ago as we were getting ready to leave the little cottage and move into this house, part of me wanted to stay there even though it didn’t fit us, was uncomfortable, a tight fit with four dogs, the oven didn’t work or the heat in the bathrooms. We become comfortable in our discomfort. Change is hard.
We may be reluctant to go onto our future. We don’t know what our future has in store for us. It can be scary. Where do you go if you’re going to start a new job? What’s it going to be like? We ask, “Are they going to like me? Am I going to be a success? Will my future be as good as my past? ”
Perhaps you’re going through a change in your body and a doctor is saying you may need surgery. You’re scared about surgery and you don’t know whether you should do it or not. You’re right at that in-between point wondering about the path to healing.
Time of indecision, the in-between time, between where you are and where you want to be. If you are there, and many of you are, I’m telling you to be FIRMLY in mid-air. Life is change. It has to be change. Life is a constant series of changes.
But how do we react? Do we struggle? Do we resist? Do we say, “Dear God, I’ve had enough change in my life. I’m not going to change any more. This is hurting me.” Or do we become, as Jesus Christ taught, non-resistant?
Do we decide that maybe I should move forward for my highest good?
It’s been the prayer since cave days. ”The cavemen walked out of the cave and prayed, “Lord, I never want anything to ever change.” His caveman wife had been urging him to move to higher ground – but he resisted. At about that time, a dinosaur came up and ate him.
We have to be open to God’s good bringing change in our life. Thank God for good change.
Here are some quotes and sayings from famous people who did not want change. It’s fascinating. The first is from a newspaper interview in 1889 with Thomas Edison. The reason I’m sharing this with you is because people think of Thomas Edison as a forward thinker, one who was always looking towards tomorrow and advancement. Listen to what he said:
“I have always constantly opposed high tension and alternating systems of electric lighting, not only on account of danger, but because of their general unreliability and unsuitability for any general system of distribution.”
Thank God he changed. Thank God he decided maybe that was the way. If not, the Edison Electric Company would never have come about.
In 1910, a newspaper devoted to airplane advancement, “American Aviation Pioneer,” said, “Airplanes will eventually be fast. They will be used in sport, but they are never to be thought of as commercial carriers. To say nothing of the danger, the size must remain small and the passengers few.”
In 1868, Representative Grange Furbus formed this opinion: “Alaska with the Aleutian Islands is an inhospitable, wretched and God-forsaken region worth nothing. It would be an injury and an encumbrance as a colony of the United States.”
In his report to the Corps of Topographical Engineers in 1861, Lieutenant Joseph C. Ives wrote this: “The Grand Canyon is, of course, altogether valueless. Ours has been the first and will doubtless be the last party of whites to visit this profitless locality. It seems intended by nature that the Colorado River shall forever be unvisited and undisturbed.”
In 1844, Henry L. Ellsworth, the United States Commissioner of Patents, said it best.
Keep in mind that he was the Commissioner of Patents. You know what a patent is. It is a new idea clothed in a document to spread the advancement of humanity. He said, “The advancement of the arts taxes our credibility. We must welcome a period when further improvement will and must end.”
Imagine if we had taken the advice of these people. They were authorities in their fields.
Imagine if we had decided that what they said was true. Imagine if you were locked in by the opinions you had thirty years ago. Can you imagine the prison of thought you would have placed yourself in?”
We know the Truth. Thank God we haven’t been locked in. Regardless of our sometimes momentary desire to stay locked in, thank God that nature, circumstance, and God’s good for our life has moved us along. We (at least most of us) have moved along into that which is better than could have ever been imagined unless we have resisted too much. If you resist, you can’t enjoy. If you resist, you lose the benefit of seeing the wonder in the moment.
Many times when you’re going through changes, you’re like that trapeze artist. You feel like you’re hanging there for dear life. You’re afraid to move because you’re afraid you’re going to fall. Well, I’m here to tell you that you are going to make it safely because you are not alone. Even if you do fall, there’s a net underneath you that’s going to catch you. This net will not only catch you, but it will help you back up, not only to where you were, but to higher advancement in life.
AND, I’m here today to promise you that you are going to be the victor because you’re not alone. God is with you, working with you. But you say, “I feel alone. I feel stripped and defenseless. I’m going through this change, and I don’t know how in the world I’m going to cope. It’s so overpowering.”
Do you realize what an amazing miracle you are?! It’s like the lamp you have in your living room, but it has a lot of Truth to it and in it—the same as you do. First of all, there is only one way in the world to ever get the lamp to light. That is to plug it in. If you do not plug it in, you will get light out of this lamp. You have to plug it into its source to get light.
You have to be plugged in too. The Truth is, you’re plugged in all the time. But, you determine whether you’re going to turn your faith on or off. There is a mind in you. The mind is right in-between the source and the lamp.
Jesus Christ told you, “You are the light of the world.” Your light is a three-way bulb.
It is a trinity inside of you: a Father, a Son and a Holy Spirit. The whole Spirit of God is in you, through you, everywhere present surrounding you. You have it all.
On the lamp you have a rheostat. This is your human mind. Your human mind is between God and your body. It determines whether you are going to turn the power of God up or down, whether your potential will be turned up or down. But when you turn yourself on to God, the light comes on. The light shines to every aspect of your life.
A minute ago, this part of your life may have been very, very dark. Everything seemed bleak. But now, coming through you, there is NEW God-given light.
If this light is there in you, can it come through you to produce healing? Can it come through you to produce new ideas? If you have been laid off and you don’t know what to do about your career, can this light come through you to give you ideas to go in a brand new direction to bring you greater success than ever before?
Yes, of course it can, because it is the light of God. And this light of God is greater than anything that is going on in your outer life. With the light of God shining through you, you are going to be changed forever. You are going to be new.
An acronym of light inside of you is: L.I.G.H.T.—Live In God’s Highest Thought.
Why would you want to do anything else?
I want to share with you about one of the misunderstood teachings of Jesus Christ.
Matthew 9:16-17. says: “And no one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment for the patch tears away from the garment and a worse tear is made. Neither is new wine put into old wineskins; if it is, the skins burst, and the wine is spilled, and the skins are destroyed; but new wine is put into fresh wineskins and so both are preserved.”
First of all, He talks about unshrunk cloth. How many of you have ever bought a pair of Levi’s jeans that fit so well at the store, but then you go home and wash them and they wouldn’t fit Tom Thumb? This is something that happens to unshrunk cloth. Do you think that Jesus Christ is wasting his time talking about cloth or wine? No. He’s talking about your mind and how to transform your mind.
He was talking about a new idea. A new idea comes to you from God today. You agree, during this message, to turn up the rheostat of your human mind, and an idea comes through that is going to transform your life. But this is a whole new idea, it is new cloth. It has never been washed before, and you want to put that on an old garment. You know that it is going to tear apart the garment as it is washed.
You can only know what you’re seeing by your preconceived opinions and beliefs. If you see a chair, everything you now think and feel, has to look at it and say, “Yes, I’ve seen a chair before. I remember when I was little, I had a chair. I sat in it and it did not collapse. So, if I sit down on this chair, probably the same thing is going to happen.”
God gives you an idea that is so new, so special to you, in this unshrunk cloth that you’ve never seen anything like it before. Your thought is bothered. It does not go along with your previous thought, so you have to think about it and then accept or reject it. Your whole mind wants to reject it because it doesn’t understand what God is talking about. It wants to protect itself.
Teilhard de Chardin says, “In order for you to grow, you have to change.” Where do you change? Does your body change? Do you get a new car? Do you get a new house? Do you get a new job? No. You have to change inside in your mind and in your soul.
Emerson says that there must be a crack in everything that God has made or it will die.
We are not meant to be a stagnant pond of belief. Some theologians have said the same thing; and when the mind closes in on itself and crusts over with stagnant outdated thought, the soul must escape.
You must have new openings come through you. Then you can form a connecting from the old to a new belief system that you are making. But, that may be an uncomfortable place to be. You can look back and see all that you knew, and you can look forward. But when you see the future, you don’t understand because you haven’t perceived it yet. Yet, you stay there and in faith in God’s good for your life, you agree to form a new belief system. That is being FIRMLY in mid-air. If you’re FIRMLY in mid-air, thank God! It means you’re alive.
It means you’re changing. With God, every change becomes a good thing. With God you are going to find more good than you’ve ever known before, unless you resist too much, and put on the brakes toward forward movement. Always let God lead you and thank God you are not firmly proclaiming to remain in the past, with its spent energy, not equal to today’s needs.
When you form a whole new belief system, you see everything in a new light. You perceive everything with a new eye. You have a new understanding. This new belief system is much larger. It’s like moving into a larger house. You have room to get your expanded good. You have room to experience heaven. Your light has turned on.
Daniel 2:21 (NIV) 21 He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.
Jesus Christ says that heaven is inside of you. Jesus Christ says that heaven is expansion. It is not expansion in the outer. It is within your mind. During this time, we all can feel some human discomfort, but we must get beyond that. We must realize that when we’re in that stage of our life, we are there with faith in God. We know we’re not alone. We know we are with God.
Your identity is in the Christ. You are more than you see when you look into the mirror.
Have the mind IN YOU, that was in Christ Jesus!
So, the next time you are in a panic about change, I ask you to turn that panic into faith-filled prayer, so that you can live through the in between times of life with great God-given peace.
Say something like this in prayer:
I AM POISED IN CHRIST’S PRESENCE. NOTHING DISTURBS THE CALM PEACE OF MY SOUL.
Turn to God. What will be the benefit? Not only will we be of benefit to ourselves, but will also be of benefit to others.
God never stays stuck in you. God never becomes stagnant in you. God flows through you to make your world better.
If you’re in-between where you were, and where you want to be, if you’re going through change, I praise that activity in you. It is when God can be most creative with your life.
It means you are growing. Changing and growing.
I promise you are going to have greater good in your life that you’ve ever known.
God has wonderful plans for your life. Turn on your light and let it shine.
God Bless You!