In Chapter 14 of "Uninvited", Lysa TerKuerst uses Psalm 91 as a prayer to work through the in-between times from rejection to healing. Reading and meditating on Scripture is healing and strength-giving.
I have to admit, sometimes the in-between seems like a desert...a no man's land of sorts. You want to move forward, but can't or shouldn't. You want to hear from God, but He seems silent!
During those times, when I can't hear the Lord, I know it's time to rest, wait and not forge ahead. Healing takes time. There is grace for the in-between. I have also come to realize that if I rest and wait, it is a time of growth for me. He is making me ready for the next level of intimacy with Him! I love what Joyce Meyers said, "Patience is not simply the ability to wait - it's how we behave while we're waiting." (https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/joycemeyer567645.html )
Oh to be found faithful in the waiting and behave well. I love how The Message paraphrases Romans 5:1-5:
"By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with him, make us fit for him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise. There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!"
Psalm 91 is one of my favorites. Lysa uses most of this chapter to write out her own prayer based on this Psalm. Here is my own prayer from Psalm 91:
Father, thank you for rest during this in-between time, I WILL trust you! In You I can find my shelter.
Father, I know You are My rescuer and protector!
Your feathers give me comfort, as a pillow, and Your wings keep me safe during the storms of life. Your promises give me resilience as I wait.
I do not need to be afraid, because You are fighting for me. Even when I don't see it or understand it. You are my Vindicator!
You have given me authority to conquer the enemey! You are my CONSTANT protection!
You said that "I will rescue those who love Me." Well, Lord, I DO love You and am so thankful for Your protection...when trouble or rejection comes and also when times are good. I receive my salvation and long life with open hands and an open heart. Amen.
I leave you with the words from Scripture, Psalm 91 (NLT)
"Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
he is my God, and I trust him.
For he will rescue you from every trap
and protect you from deadly disease.
He will cover you with his feathers.
He will shelter you with his wings.
His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,
nor the arrow that flies in the day.
Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,
nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
Though a thousand fall at your side,
though ten thousand are dying around you,
these evils will not touch you.
Just open your eyes,
and see how the wicked are punished.
If you make the Lord your refuge,
if you make the Most High your shelter,
no evil will conquer you;
no plague will come near your home.
For he will order his angels
to protect you wherever you go.
They will hold you up with their hands
so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.
You will trample upon lions and cobras;
you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!
The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me.
I will protect those who trust in my name.
When they call on me, I will answer;
I will be with them in trouble.
I will rescue and honor them.
I will reward them with a long life
and give them my salvation."
May you be blessed and take the time to write out your own personal prayer to the Lord for your "in-between" time and allow His grace to see you through.
Links to the other posts in this "Uninvited" Series.