Mind the gap

When exiting the train in England, you might hear the conductor telling you to “mind the gap” between the train and the platform. Consider another gap…

One of our pastors preached on Sunday from Hebrews 6:13-20. In this passage the writer of Hebrews reminds us of God’s promises and that they are sure because God does not lie and that he swears an oath on himself that his promises will be fulfilled (are being fulfilled in Christ).

And yet, our pastor remarked that there is a gap between our present feelings and the objective reality of God’s finished work. We live in that gap until heaven or Christ’s return. Our hope while we live in the gap is anchored in Jesus.

How do you deal with the gap? Seems much of counseling work is figuring out how to live and function in the gap, what to place our hope in, working to remember what is true, and living well with others who also struggle with their “gap.”

What have you found helpful as you “mind the gap?” 


Filed under Biblical Reflection, christian counseling, Meditations

5 responses to “Mind the gap

  1. airhole

    I don’t quite understand what you mean by ‘gap’

  2. Answer – lots of coffee. No, being a deep feeler, I so often try to validate the truthfulness of the gospel by feeling what I have in Christ deeply and intensely. Of course, these intense feelings come and go. For me, it’s been a steady diet of reminding myself of the truth through the psalms and the ups and downs of the psalmists. Asking my wife to remind me of the truth. Also, trying to lean into the dryness and disconnect, believing that it could be a place of meeting Jesus (this happens in my saner moments).

  3. Airhole,

    The gap refers to our lived experience (at times) that God is not near, that his promises are not going to be fulfilled. This is a problem for us since the Fall because of the separation at the garden. We have the Word to help us live in the gap until heaven.

  4. Amy

    This is a great post (and not just because it has English jargon either). Like you said, the human experience here on planet Earth is learning to live in the gap. How do I deal with life in the gap? I try to remind myself that my present reality isn’t even the same reality as tomorrow, and all the “reality” is much different from God’s perspective. I ask God to show me the “glorious” in the gap (this world is really quite beautiful) and realize that a whole life exists beyond the gap.

  5. Scott Knapp, MS

    Sometimes authors refer to this as the gap between the “now” and the “not yet.” If you Google just those terms, you can find a few provocative theological articles out there talking about the tension that Christians must deal with existentially.

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