The Wilderness as a Liminal Space – Day 1

As I was reading today’s devotional I encountered two words that were not common to me and after researching them and reading more about them I am fascinated and excited to share them with you. I realize these may not be new concepts to you and I hope I can share a new perspective with you. The first word was in the title, “Liminal Space.” Webster defines the word liminal as coming from the Latin word limen threshold – any point or place of entering or beginning. A liminal space is the time between the ‘what was’ and the ‘next.’ It is a place of transition, waiting, and not knowing. The second word was imperceptible which is defined as extremely slight, gradual, or subtle. I found a video on YouTube that explains liminal space and found it to be very interesting. I hope you find it beneficial as well as interesting.

The scripture verse today paints a very clear picture of imperceptible for us as Jesus rises from the Jordan river after being baptized by John. “Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” ~Mark 1:10-11
I had a friend describe Mark 1:10-11 as a single point in time where we read of the presence of Jesus; the Spirit descending upon Jesus and God, the Father telling the Son “I am well pleased.” All three are present at Jesus’ baptism and each having a significance role in Jesus’ ministry. Jesus is experiencing “luminal space and an imperceptible event.” In many ways we too are experiencing liminal space as we journey through Lent, we are examining our lives and are drawing near to God with expectations and intentionality as we pursue God and live into our created purpose. The writer today ends the devotional with a question…”Where is a place you have experienced God’s presence more than any other? What was it like to leave it?” I always seem to be conscious of God in nature and near water. One significant place was in Wisconsin near Lake Michigan. I was visiting the campus of Carthage College located in Kenosha, there was a small chapel in a wooded area where students could pray or meditate, it was quiet and calm, I truly felt the presence of God, it felt holy. Then there was the shore line of Lake Michigan, simply gorgeous views. I love the sound of the waves crashing into the shore and watching the water retreat as quickly as it came in. It’s always difficult to leave places that calms ones soul. Look for liminal spaces in your life and especially during our journey through Lent and seek to find imperceptible places in life to experience God.

Breath Prayer: Holy Spirit descend on my everyday life.

~Blessings and Peace~