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Mind The Gap


Cool dank air rushed by and my nose burned with a slightly musty odor as my traveling companions and I waited to catch our train. It was an experience I had been waiting years for. I was standing in the London underground hoping the next train we jumped on would take us to our desired destination. We had mapped our plan and we were fairly sure that this train, along with a transfer onto another line, followed by a short bus ride would get us to where we were going. We were living the adventurous life. The flashing sign told us our train was next and as we boarded it was impossible not to notice the markings on the ground “Mind the gap”. The gap is that seemingly small space ( just large enough for a foot to get stuck in ) between the platform and the entrance to the train.

One of our traveling companions was visually impaired so we made sure he was aware where the gap was so as not to trip and get stuck in the gap. We jumped on board safely with not one of us falling into the gap.

The term “mind the gap” has always been a funny one to my American mind but this past year and in particular this past week God has brought that phrase to my mind. Simply put we must be mindful of the gap. The gap is what exists between where we are and where we want to be headed. The gap is where if we are not mindful we will step into it and get stuck. The gap is the place where the impossible lives.

We all have gaps if we are honest with ourselves. Right now I am facing a huge gap in my life. It is a place where I end and I cannot see to the other side. I cannot see where this situation will end in a good way with out God’s miraculous intervention. But that is the good news. The gap is where I fall short or face a situation in my own strength I am unable to fill. The gap is where I end and He begins.

The gap is the place of miracles. Where I no longer have power to change my circumstances. It is the place of letting go. It is where if I focus on the gap I will get stuck. I must be mindful of the gap and look to the one who fills the gap, Jesus !!.

He filled the gap from the very beginning. The gap existed between me and my imperfect nature and my need for relationship with a perfect God. Only because Jesus said before the beginning of time

“Here I am send me. Allow me to be the gap filler not just for Ruth’s restoration of relationship with you Heavenly father but in every area of her life”

Can the gap be filled.

Mind the gap, when we see a gap our response need not be one of fear but of joy. In fact James had something to say about this in his book.

“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. “   James 1:2

In other words consider it a sheet gift, friends when gaps appear in your life.

When I encounter the gift of a gap I must be mindful to count it as just that, a gift. Not because of the challenge but because I get to trust the one who will fill the gap and He will be the one to perfect the miracle that it takes to fill it. It is where I end and He begins.

“You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try and get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well developed, not deficient in any way“ James 1:3-4

In other words I need to look for the gaps, and I do not have to look very hard. Right now there is a Grand Canyon sized gap that we are facing as a family. I would love to say I am hoppng up and down with excitement at this moment but honestly I am in process of unwrapping the “gift” that is this challenge. I am looking to the gap filler with expectation and with a growing peace. I do not know what is on the other side of this gap but I am going to refuse to get stuck in the gap and be consumed by it. I am going to trust the one who has always filled every gap I have encountered. He is good and he is faithful. He is a promise keeper.

The Miracle is in the Gap. It is where I end and He begins.

The GAP is

God’s

Ability to

Prevail

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