Monday, June 27, 2022

The In-Between

By: Joanne Viola


 In Between.

The words come to mind, reminding me that we are neither here or there. It’s the feeling of being stuck in the middle.

It brings back the memory of being in charge of picking up an ice cream cake. It wasn’t just any ice cream cake.

It was the wedding cake.

I arrived at the specialty store and the cake was brought out to me. It was frozen, naturally, but that was here. I needed to get it to there, which was about a 30 minute ride; and I did not want that it should even begin to soften never mind melt.

The ride seemed so long, longer than the expected thirty minutes. I could not check the cake to see what was happening with it. And for those thirty minutes, the cake was neither here (safely frozen at the store) nor there (safely in the freezer at the destination).

I was stuck “in between”. I could not change a thing. It was necessary to keep moving.

  • Only as I kept moving could I arrive.
  • Only as I kept moving could I arrive at my destination and the promise of relief (a freezer).
  • Only as I kept moving could I arrive to the place where I would be in safety (our cake will not melt).

Life is like that, don’t you think? We are here in the now. We need to get there – to the place of promise and fulfillment. The “in between” can pose uncertainty, insecurity and be a threat at times. We know in our hearts that we must just keep moving and we will get there.

So each day, we put one foot in front of the other. We may teeter yet, we keep going. We may be shaky but we carefully take the next step. We are not yet there, but we are no longer here either.

We are “in between”.

He brought us out from there in order to bring us in,
to give us the land which He had sworn to our fathers.

(Deuteronomy 6:23, NASB)

We move from here (the present), to be in between (the transitional time), to get to there (the place of promise where our lives find fulfillment).

The “in between”
brings hope and expectancy,
and His promises.


Photo by Denise Jans on Unsplash


  1. Okay, but did the cake get there safely? I need to know!
    A great analogy of where we are - in between. Thankful that we can trust God to keep us from "melting" as long as we live in obedience.

    1. The cake made it :) Thank you for asking and for being so encouraging.

  2. The in between is the fertile learning ground...thx, n glad the cake made it!

  3. I'm glad the cake made it ok. :-) I would have been concerned about it, too. What a good analogy--all we can do in life is keep following Him and trusting Him for everything else.


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