Interstices: The in-between

Interstice: a short space that intervenes between things; a gap or break in something usually continuous.

A few hours ago, I had no idea the word interstice existed. We’ve only just been acquainted and, I must admit, I’m already in like.

Here’s why:
I’m a recent college grad. (This may be enough explanation for some of you, but for the rest, …) For months now, I’ve felt like I’m ducked tape to a swinging pendulum. Back and forth, back and forth– continual motion, yet going no where. It’s almost sickening, like breathing  week-old air while waiting for a flight. And it’s definitely disappointing always anticipating the first glimpses of shore–the  destination for “what’s next,” but viewing nothing but blue, the un-ending interval of in-between.

It’s easy to feel hopeless, to let the mind get carried away… Maybe all my childhood dreams are just that, childish. Or worse, maybe I stepped off the silver path, made some really stinky decisions, and screwed it all up for myself. Even worse, maybe God really doesn’t care if I live a mediocre, dull life.

Then, this lovely little gem in my inbox:

...the interstices of the world and of our lives are not places without hope. Christianity uniquely addresses the “in-between,” infusing the seemingly trivial or chaotic with significance and even power, transforming the non-places of our lives and experience into places of Christ’s presence. From this view, the incarnation and the ascension can serve as doctrinal shorthands for Christ’s ongoing priestly ministry of reconciliation and healing. Indeed, the possible transformation of a non-place to a place very much reminds me of Peter’s Christological reading of Hosea‘s prophetic witness, where Peter says that “once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy”(1 Peter 2:10, Hosea 1:6,9, and 10).
— Bryan Bademan, MacLaurin CSF, thoughts on Non-Place: An Introduction to Supermodernity,” by Marc Auge

There’s significance in the small things; in the in-between. David is just one man, yet in his life he had many long periods of almost uncertainty. I say almost, because he held on to a promise, even in the in-between, he knew he’d be king.

I need to think more about this, maybe read this great book from whence that lovely quote sprouted. Until then (and as always), I’d love your wisdom.

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