After hearing Jeff Manion’s session at the Global leadership Summit, I immediately went out to the book table and bought his book titled, “The Land Between: Finding God in Difficult Transitions.” His talk resonated with me as we are in our own “land between” as we wait on God’s leading and timing in our life. Personally, this book was a great reminder of God’s working in my life, and how that tends to happen more in the tough times than the good times.
Jeff takes us through the story of Israel and their travel from Egypt to the “Promised Land.” During this time, Israel had multiple opportunities to trust in God’s plan and leading, and yet they consistently made the choice to grumble, complain and turn from God. Jeff describes the “Land Between” as a place of transformational growth or a place where faith goes to die. As Israel continues to make destructive decisions and responses to God’s leading, God continues to try and draw them to Him through provision and discipline. Neither work, and as we know, Israel enters in to the 40 years on wandering in the wilderness.
Jeff shares personal stories, as well as stories from people he has encountered in many years of ministry that illustrate how the Land Between has the ability to shape us in to what God plans for us to be. These times of difficult transition are what God uses in the stories of His people throughout the Bible to be used in a great way.
This book was certainly a great encouragement to me, and I know it will be to all who read it. We will all go through these times. How we respond will depend on whether we have transformational growth, or the death of our faith. I choose to grow!