The Vulnerability of Hallways

Author: Jenny Lind Conlee |  | @jennylindconlee

Hallways can leave you vulnerable. Like being on a diet and walking past the Cinnabon at the mall. The smell. It’s enticing. Your clutch your keychain that says “nothing tastes as good as being thin feels” but you know for a fact that is a lie. LIES.

Everything looks and feels like failure in the middle. That’s why hallways make you vulnerable.

The enemy of your soul came to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). I once heard Bo Stern add “negotiate” to that list, and it just resonated with me. So I’m adopting it! He enters your hallways of vulnerability to negotiate, discourage and isolate.

The deceiver loves to negotiate in your hallway. It comes in the form of shortcuts and the million little compromises you make while you’re in the waiting. No, do not cut your own bangs! Don’t do it! Crud, you cut your bangs.

Next, he enters your hallway to discourage you. You find yourself between point A and point B but you’re wandering in the hallway, treating it like it’s the destination because you’re not taking those thoughts captive. You try to tell yourself your bangs look good. They do not. No. They do not.

The evicted one came to isolate. You may be convinced no one has passed through where you are. In the darkness of the hallway, you don’t see the footsteps of those who’ve come before you. No, those bangs don’t make you look like Zoey Deschanel, but you’ll get through this with the help of your circle. Lean into them. You’re not alone in the hallway.

I love this verse:

Psalm 27:14 Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD.

Waiting patiently IS courageous. Don’t throw in the towel while you’re in the hallway.

I love this song:

Take Courage by Kristene DiMarco

And to quote this song “hold onto your hope, as your triumph unfolds”. And while your bangs grow back.