The moment you receive news that alters the course or direction of your life’s journey, everything is different. What felt secure or at least felt normal is replaced with uncertainty.
The moment my husband said, “We are going back to the states and we’re not coming back to Mongolia,” I crumpled to the floor in the rented vacation condo and sobbed my eyes out. I knew there would be no convincing him that we should stay. I had just entered the LAND BETWEEN.
Maybe everyone has a transition like this one and it should not be ignore when we are writing our life story or capturing our story of culture. Jeff Manion says it well…
For many of us, the journey into the Land Between comes suddenly…In a sentence we are ripped from normality and find ourselves in a new world, as if thrown from a moving train…In our more confident, faith-filled moments, we know that we will regain our footing and find some kind of balance in the new normal, but for now we are simply and suddenly “between” and at a loss as to how to navigate the terrain…While some enter the land shockingly, others experience a gradual, almost imperceptible entry…not with a sudden cataclysmic conversation but the slow march of time.
Jeff Manion, The Land Between: Finding God in Difficult Transitions (Grand Rapids, MI : Zondervan, 2010), p. 17-18.