Walk Between the Lines

By on October 26, 2013
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By Rita Schulte –

You know the drill. It comes in like a flood. Sometimes when you least expect it. Life drills down on you—hard. It ravages your soul, you can’t sleep, and you can’t breathe. We’ve all been there. We call it the dark night of the soul.

It’s the fear of loss. The dread of pain. The belief that we’ll be totally undone and we’ll never make it back to life, as we know it. It’s in those moments, in the midst of that pain, in that dark night of the soul, that we need to walk between the lines.

What does that mean? It means we hide our hearts deep between the lines of God’s word. It means that God reveals those verses, maybe ones you’ve never paid much attention to before, to anchor you to the cross, to set your soul on fire and keep the darkness that threatens to destroy you at bay. Between the lines the God man speaks. He makes the words jump off the page into your soul. Boom. Peace washes over you like a flood.

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You don’t understand it. You can’t explain it, but your heart does, and it records those tender places that the Father reveals to you on the canvas of your soul. Your heart is hidden there, deep between the most powerful lines ever written. Your safe and secure between the most transforming truths you can ever imagine, and they comfort your soul in a way nothing else can.

How does it happen? It happens in that dark night of the soul, when we’re screaming for relief from the pain that threatens to undo us. It happens when our hearts are open to unfailing love. It happens when we’ve got no more moves left. It happens when we believe we are utterly alone and no one understands our pain. Or do they?

I’ve faced a few dark nights of the soul. I’ve felt the floodwaters overtake me and threaten to destroy me. I’ve believed without question that the story was finished for me. I was done. But someone else felt differently. Someone else was there. When I felt all alone and thought no one understood. When I believed no one could help; someone did. Someone pulled me out of the deep water. That someone was Jesus, and I found him walking deep between the lines.

I’m no different than you. And God is no respecter of persons. He shows up there through the lines of the story he’s telling through you and me. It’s a story of redemption. It’s his story, and he’s invited you and I take a small part for the purpose of revealing his glory. Unfortunately, that revelation is costly. It was for him. It will be for us.

The world doesn’t notice otherwise; unless you defy the odds they aren’t interested. The God man rose from the dead. He’s still a mystery. People still want to know if it’s true, so they’re watching you to see what happens in your dark night of the soul. Will you make it back? And if so, how?

There’s only one way. There’s only one answer. Walk between the lines. There’s where you’ll find him. How do I know? Because I found him there, and he promises you will too if you look with all your heart. “You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all you’re heart.” Jeremiah 29:13

When the night breaks in and the darkness invades your soul, walk between the lines because there you’ll find the treasure that will restore your soul. You’ll find your heart again because the God man came to bind up hearts that were hemorrhaging.

When the days ahead see more like dread and you’re afraid of what the future hides. There is this place I know I can go to find the peace for my clouded mind.

About Rita Schulte

Rita A. Schulte is a licensed professional counselor in the Northern Virginia/DC area. She is the host of Heartline Radio and a 1-minute feature “Consider This.” Her shows air on Alive In Christ Radio (AliveinChrist.com) Rita writes for numerous publications and blogs. Her articles have appeared in Counseling Today Magazine, Thriving Family, Kyria and LifeHack.org. She is the author of Shattered: Finding Hope and Healing through the Losses of Life, (Leafwood) and Imposter: Gain Confidence, Eradicate Shame and become who God made you to be (Siloam), follow her at www.ritaschulte.com, on FB http://www.facebook.com/RitaASchulte and twitter @heartlinepod.

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