Limbo, in my opinion, is one of the hardest human states to be in. It’s the last place I want to be. Instead of grieving a loss, limbo is about angst. It’s about the struggle within the loss of control that we have that makes it seemingly ever so hard. Every question about what will happen, and what should a person do, could potentially fit into this area.
Roman Catholic Church theology has identified Limbo as:
The abode of unbaptized but innocent or righteous souls, as those of infants or virtuous individuals who lived before the coming of Christ.
(Limbo has not been defined by the Roman Catholic Church)
It has also been defined as:
- A region or condition of oblivion or neglect.
- A state or place of confinement.
- An intermediate place or state.
Whether the Limbo that we experience is ephemeral or prolonged, to call it torture might be an understatement. The parent of a missing child, a perpetual single individual still seeking a spouse after years, or the spouse of a patient in emergency surgery; who can measure the agony?
God says a few things that speak to me on this matter:
Knowing that God is with me, covers me in His security while I am in limbo:
Psalm 16:8 I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
Knowing that God will provide a peace that is like nothing else:
Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Knowing that God has equipped me for the struggle, and that He knows what the struggle is for:
Psalm 18: For God who equipped me with strength and made my way blameless
Psalm 18: 28-30 You, LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall. As for God, his way is perfect: The LORD’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.
Most of all, it speaks to me to know that God advocates for my perseverance:
2 Peter 1:5-7 (NIV) For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.
Is God asking you to take the first step to something that feels impossible? Are you struggling in the wait? Know that God is in your limbo, and that we need not be shaken. Know that God provides a peace that only he can provide. Know that God equips those who he calls. Know that God can keep your lamp burning, and can provide you with endurance.