This is the Land Between—where life is not as it once was, where the future is in question. – Jeff Manion, The Land Between

We, as Gloria Dei, find ourselves in the Land Between…a time of transition between senior pastors. It’s not a desolate land, but an uncomfortable one…a time of change and wondering what the future will look like.

Maybe you’ve experienced your own personal Land Between…or maybe you’re in one now.

Whether it’s sudden, or you knew it was coming, life is not as it once was, and the future is in question.

“We’re moving.”

“Honey, I lost my job.”

“Mom, I’m in trouble.”

“I want a divorce.”

“The cancer has spread.”

Life has been interrupted. And, for a brief time, or maybe forever, what was normal is now gone.

The Land Between is unfamiliar, unwelcome, and unpleasant.


It’s a time for growth—a time for God to work in our hearts.

You see, God has a purpose in the Land Between. It is a time for us to see Him more clearly through His provision and protection. It’s an opportunity for our faith to grow in ways that can only happen through times of trials and transition.

The Land Between isn’t time we would ask for, but when we look back, we can see God’s work.

When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of Egypt ready for battle.

After leaving Sukkoth they camped at Etham on the edge of the desert.By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night.Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people. Exodus 13:17-18, 20-21

If I’d been an Israelite escaping from Egypt, my vote would have been for the shortest and fastest route possible! But God had a reason for not using the shortest road—and it was for their own good.

I wonder how many times I’ve missed seeing God’s hand at work in my life because I was too focused on looking for a quicker way through the transition—a direct way to the end result.

On a shorter route, the Israelites probably wouldn’t have needed the Lord to guide them. But going the longer way, they saw God lead them—night and day. In other words, God stayed with the Israelites 24/7. He went before them and walked beside them, guiding and protecting.

Where is God in our Land Between?

He is right here—with our congregation and with each of us individually. He is going before us, guiding us and preparing the way. He’s walking beside us, ready to listen, and to comfort us when we’re hurting and in distress. And He is with us providing and protecting.

I wouldn’t ask for our Land Between, but I know God has a purpose for it. He has a plan for you, for me, and for our congregation.


In Christ,
Laura Rath ~ Journey in Faith