A few years back, my mom, daughter, and I visited London, England. One of the unique things about London is their subway system, the Tube. While waiting on the platform to get onto the subway, there are very distinctive signs saying, “Mind The Gap,” and if that isn’t enough, a British female announcer continuously reminds those waiting to “Mind The Gap,” in, of course, a distinctive British accent. It’s so frequent and catchy that we found ourselves repeating it throughout the duration of our entire trip. We weren’t the only ones who caught onto this uniqueness as many tourist shops also sell “Mind The Gap” apparrell.
The gap is the place between the platform and the train. Minding the gap is to remind people to pay mind to not trip and fall into the gap and take a big enough step over it to get onto the train safely and reach their destination.
Let’s look at another view of the gap in relationship to God. There is a gap between who we really are (the platform) and who we feel we should be (the train). We never feel like we measure up to the train view of us. We look to the train and we see who we really should be and where we should really be going, but the gap appears to be so wide that even if we “Minded The Gap,” it would be such a large leap that it seems impossible.
Even Moses had a difficult time “Minding The Gap.” Moses wanted to stay on the platform of who he was and where he was. He didn’t want to get on the train and do what God had asked of him, which was to go to Pharoah and ask for God’s people to be released. Moses had a ton of reasons why the gap was too huge for him to cross.
Moses was insecure because he had past failures.
- “Then Moses said, “What if they will not believe me or listen to what I say?…”” Exodus 4:1 Or, in other words, “I have a past. They know that I killed this Egyptian and much more. Why would they believe me?”
Moses was insecure because he saw himself as not capable.
- “Then Moses said to the Lord, “Please Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither recently nor in time past, nor since You have spoken to Your servant, for I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.”” Exodus 4:10 Or, in other words, “You want to use me, but you haven’t even fixed me. I totally can’t do it because I wasn’t born a great speaker.”
Moses basically didn’t really want to make himself available.
- “But he said, “Please, Lord, now send the message by whomever You will.”” Exodus 4:13. Or, in other words, “Send someone else. I don’t want to go. You’re asking the wrong person.”
How many times do we challenge God with our negative push-backs. “God, the gap is too huge to cross. I totally can’t do that. I’m not smart enough, strong enough, talented enough, available enough for you to use me. Use someone else. They are so much better than I am and besides, I’m really busy and don’t have enough time for your stuff. I’m trying to survive here!”
How did God respond to Moses’ lack of cooperation to “Minding The Gap” and getting on the train?
- “Then the anger of the Lord burned against Moses, and He said, “Is there not your brother Aaron the Levite? I know that he speaks fluently. And moreover, behold, he is coming out to meet you; when he sees you, he will be glad in his heart.” Exodus 4:14
God got upset with Moses for his constant varying excuses and his inability to see that God was more than enough for him, even though God had just got done not only showing him some miracles, but promising that He would put words in his mouth. So, upset, God got Moses’ brother Aaron to help. Aaron, joyfully and willingly, was now to be the one who talked, and now the one who would be blessed to be a part of this opportunity, though God did also continue to use Moses, but in a little different role.
God wants you to jump on the train, “Minding The Gap” but not getting paralyzed in it. He wants to use you, just as you are, not when you get more knowledge, clean up your life more, learn to pray better, get your finances in order, and/or remove busyness from your life.
You are just like the rest of us, a nobody trying to tell everybody about somebody.
If God has called you to step out in faith to share your story or to serve in someway, He will put the words in your mouth and the love in your heart. You only need to pay mind to the gap and then take a leap over it to ride on the train and be blessed by being a part of His work. Only the Lord can fill the gap and…
Afterall, He is the conductor of the train.