The middle is often a tough place to be. It’s usually a place of uncertainty, fatigue, and struggle. I have worked in a middle school, so I know that middle school-aged children can be uncertain, tiresome, and a struggle. (:-) Often, it’s because they are in that middle phase between being a little child and being a young adult. They are trying to find out who they are, and that is never an easy thing.
Being in the middle of a disagreement between two people is like being caught in between a rock and a hard place. You don’t want to choose sides and make the situation worse, but sometimes you’re forced to be in the middle, and that just doesn’t seem like a fair place to be.
The same goes for being in the middle of a challenging or difficult situation. It definitely doesn’t seem like a fair place to be. Especially when you feel like you’re doing all you can to please God and help people. You may feel like being in the middle of a hard thing seems like you’re being punished for doing what’s right. I remember when I was just learning about being righteous and purposefully seeking opportunities to do good deeds for others. It appeared that every time I did something good, something bad would inevitably happen to me. It was so obvious that this was a pattern in my life, so much so that every time I’d do something good, I’d immediately start feeling bad because I’d wonder what terrible thing would happen to me for doing that good thing.
I was right where the devil wanted me to be. I didn’t understand that those bad things that were happening after my good deeds were a test of my character. I’m not sure if God was allowing the devil to test me as He did Job, or if He was testing me Himself to see if I’d keep a good attitude in the middle of a bad circumstance. Regardless, I was responsible for still keeping a good attitude. Sometimes I’d pass the test, but most times I’d fail.