“A thin place . . . it’s there that we discover that the dream isn’t about us at all.”- Mark Batterson
“During harvest time, three of the thirty chief men came down to David at the cave of Adullam . . .”- 2 Samuel 23:13
In Chapter 9 (“On This Spot”) of Chase the Lion, Mark Batterson notes that the cave of Adullam represented a thin place for David. Most noteworthy, God met David at that thin place. Furthermore, David met God there in a whole new way. While David didn’t want to be there, he needed to be there for a season.
As a result, in a thin place we discover that our dream is from God. Most importantly, our dream is for God. For David, the cave of Adullam served as his last resort, not a five-star resort. Yet, that thin place provides a test- and a testimony.
However, Mark observes, the holding pattern that results functions as the hardest part of any dream journey. Indeed, almost every dream contains a holding pattern. And it feels more like a holding cell! But even when you don’t believe your plan is working, God’s working on His plan.
Most of all, the author explains, a golden opportunity goes hand in hand with integrity:
” . . . an opportunity isn’t an opportunity if you have to compromise your integrity. It’s the decision when no one is looking that will dictate your destiny. In fact, your integrity is your destiny.”
In conclusion, your holding pattern presents an opportunity to grow, trust, and prove your integrity. As Mark encourages, make the most of it.
“Wherever you are, there you are! Be fruitful right where you’re planted.”
Today’s question: At what thin place did you meet God in a whole new way? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: Overcoming daunting challenges”