Worship in the Middle

 

Text: Mark 6:45-49 (MSG)

            45-46 As soon as the meal was finished, Jesus insisted that the disciples get in the boat and go on ahead across to Bethsaida while he dismissed the congregation. After sending them off, he climbed a mountain to pray.

47-49 Late at night, the boat was far out at sea; Jesus was still by himself on land. He could see his men struggling with the oars, the wind having come up against them. At about four o’clock in the morning, Jesus came toward them, walking on the sea. He intended to go right by them. But when they saw him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost and screamed, scared out of their wits.

50-52 Jesus was quick to comfort them: “Courage! It’s me. Don’t be afraid.” As soon as he climbed into the boat, the wind died down.”

 

Jesus gave his disciples very clear instructions on what they were to do. They were to get in the boat and go across to Bethsaida. Easy right??

They did not have a problem doing exactly what Jesus told them. It’s easy to worship God when we know exactly what to do and where to go.  It’s a cakewalk to worship when everything is laid out and cookie cutter. We do not have a problem worshipping the Almighty when the prayers that we have prayed are answered or when we possess a promise that God has given, BUT what happens in the space of time between the revelation given and the possession of your promise or blueprints drawn out for you to the miracle that you have been waiting on? The “MIDDLE”. There will always be a MIDDLE.

Can I get all up in your business and ask the question, what does your worship look like in the middle? How is your worship when the path is not so clear anymore or when night has come and you are struggling to paddle because the wind has picked up and you feel all alone in the boat? You may even ask yourself what was I thinking becoming a part of a connect group or giving my gifts back to God in a ministry. The middle is where the questions arise. The enemy knows better than to come at you right after you have received your breakthrough. The storm didn’t happen as the disciples were getting into the boat it happened in the middle when they were too far away from the shore where they set sail from and just far enough from Bethsaida to become fearful.

Can I encourage you that God always knows where you are and he will come to you and calm your storm if you will let him. He is the God that will be a light unto your path and lamp for your feet as he will be rest for the weary and the joy of your salvation. He is the God of the beginning, the middle, and the end.   The middle may last longer than what you may want it too but just know that whatever God begins he will finish it! Never rush the process because it’s in the middle where God finds out just how committed we are to His process.  In the middle God want us to rely on him and not on us. Let our worship in the MIDDLE be as passionate and intimate as it is in the beginning where we get our instructions and direction and the end where we possess the promise or receive the breakthrough or miracle!

 

 

Amber Brannon
Worship Arts

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