A strange feeling exists when we are caught between a rock and a hard place? This idea was expressed by Paul in his letter to the church at Philippi.
To go on and be with the Lord was far better in Paul’s eyes. To remain on in the flesh had benefit for the church. Paul felt torn between the two, thus, caught between a rock and a hard place.
The middle brings interesting thoughts to mind.
There are those who are caught in the middle between two friends.
There are children who are in the middle, born between two siblings.
There are followers of Christ who, religiously, walk in the middle of the road, neither one side or the other.
Spiritual leaders may find themselves like Paul, desiring to be with the Lord, but realizing the necessity to remain on in the flesh for the benefit of the church.
However, leaders cannot afford to be in the middle of the road regarding God’s word. Leaders need dedication and confidence to move others from point A to point B.