In Between

Do.

Be.

Some might think of a penguin singing right now. Or a dog looking for scoobie snacks with some dude named Shaggy…

Nonetheless there is a small space between ‘do’ and ‘be.’

The Space Between

Dave Matthews has a song that talks about a space that is inhabited by a lover. This space is described as being a hiding place. There is something to put into this space from the lover. Time is to fill this space.

Not activity.

Time.

Check it out. If you want to read more, you can click on the title to get all the lyrics.

The Space Between lyrics
Songwriters: Matthews, David J; Ballard, Glen;

You cannot quit me so quickly
Is no hope in you for me
No corner you could squeeze me
But I got all the time for you, love

Take my hand ’cause we’re walking out of here
Oh, right out of here, love is all we need, dear

The space between what’s wrong and right
Is where you’ll find me hiding, waiting for you
The space between your heart and mine
Is the space we’ll fill with time

Something that struck me recently and has been stirring in me since is this space between doing and being. Dave Matthews song of the space between gives a little insight to this space.

The pursuer is letting the pursued know that the pursuer is ok with the rejection given. The journey of love includes a space. There is no wrong or right. Only love. The pursuer is waiting to be discovered in the space between the pursuer’s heart and the pursued’s heart.

This can be a chasm for some of us. We tend to love things that are near and dear to our heart. Not someone else’s. The American Way is to make it happen for you and your family, then leave a legacy to your offspring and, perhaps, charitable causes that are dear to our heart.

When we receive information, or stimuli, and respond to it, we distance ourselves from other desires and get closer to our own desires. The space between the two enlarges. Some of us would like to decrease this space and discover the love that is hidden there. For other is also known as holy.

Some may be far, some may be near. Grover helps us understand the difference in this 1975 classic! At the 1:59 mark you heard Grover say, “I’ll get there. Hold on.”

Isn’t that where some of us are? Trying to get “there” through our efforts. Doing what we think is good and right on our own power. Striving toward the Dream. Working to build something that will last. We run to and fro doing good things for people. We respond to stimuli with truly good responses.

This may still be far from the heart of the One we love.

For He hides in the space between the doing and the being. The revelation of Christ ignores any doing we may have responded with as a “right” or “good” thing. He erases this doing by taking our hand and leading us. He leads our being into being.

And this space is hiding something. A discovery of Christ! This discovery comes through a created dimension.

Time

Time with Christ reveals His nature, reveals His love, reveals His Being.

With this time, we will discover His divine DNA, His divine Being. Through this eternal discovery, we will then be transformed into His Being. His heart will then give Life to our spirit and our heart will respond to Him as opposed to stimuli.

If you find yourself squeezing things into the corners of your being by doing, remember where Christ is waiting to be discovered!

Between.

When discovered, doing ceases. Death of one’s doing is then resurrected and transformed into an Eternal, Divine Being!

Enjoy the discovery!

3 comments

  1. Trevor Honeycutt · May 9, 2012

    This is a good one Mark, and one that I’ve grappled with for a long time. It kind plays in the same playground as the “faith vs works” zone, where the true and life-giving answer is not either/or but yes/both.

    For me, I’ve landed-on that I can’t work my way into a good relationship with Jesus. But if I have a good relationship with Him, because He is a hard worker, then that “being” relationship will manifest lots of hard work.

    • marklchampion · May 9, 2012

      Trevor, deep stuff. Thanks for speaking from experience and not theory only. Your wisdom is thoughtfully received as food for the spirit! Tankful for the Word of Life! He is rest, for sure. And work will be a state of being, and not labor.

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