Liminal space. The time between what was and what will be. It is a place of transition, a season of waiting, of not knowing. It can be illustrated by moving from one room to another. There is a moment when I am in neither room but rather in the doorway. The space between one room and another.
Or think for a moment about a trapeze artist. There is a moment when the artist is in mid air, not holding to anything but in flight.
That is what the next few days are as we finish 2021. We still live in this year but we are nearing the end. Whatever has happened in the last year is done. It cannot be undone. Whatever will be in the next year is unknown, waiting to be discovered.
Take a few moments in the next few days to ponder what gifts the last year has given to you. What are the hardships? What needs healing? What needs to be celebrated?
18“But forget all that—it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. 19For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.Isaiah 43:18-19
Now take a few moments to ponder the coming year. What do you want to differently? Is there a new skill to learn? A book – or three – to read? A fence to mend? A bridge to rebuild?
17Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. 18He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.James 1:17-18
In this time when it isn’t quite 2022 and 2021 is ending, what will you do differently?