What are you in-between? In between jobs, churches, a relationship... You could be in between healing and wholeness, or in that awkward space between loss and grief and finding a way to continue to live after a loved one has passed...
... Maybe you’re in-between a riff in a friendship and the hoped-for reconciliation, or even a contractual dispute and its resolution.
For many of us, the first inclination in those uncomfortable in-between times is to fill our lives with busyness. To occupy our minds, our hands and hearts with activity. Anything to fill the void, bridging the gap between here and there...
-Pain and healing
-Loss and living
-Chaos and certainty
But before you default to busy activity, consider the in-between time as a gift. The gift of an interruption of the fast-moving train of life. The gift of a moment’s reprieve of responsibility. The gift of the time to seek God in quietness, to pursue his presence without the pressure of deadlines, to delve into the truths of scripture with free abandon and no time limitations.
I’m writing this from my couch, my foot propped on a pillow. Willing it to heal, praying it to receive God’s restorative touch, hoping to get back on my feet and situated back at my desk where I’m most productive – soon.
Everything within me is saying rest. Slow down. Embrace this in-between time and let it be what it is: a gap – a wrinkle in time – an interruption in my typically heavy-laden schedule.
Deep inside I trust that God has this in hand. I must heal. I must allow the time that the process requires to heal properly.
I realize that some in-between times require you to seek employment or counsel or help. But even in the midst of that, receive the gift of the upheaval. Seek God and enjoy his presence just a little bit more while you can, while you’re “in-between.” Let your future rest in his hands.
“Be still, and know that I am God...” Psalm 46:10
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4/21/2022 08:32:00 am
Great article! I’m currently in my in-between phase with God and being still is a difficulty, but I know it’s necessary to heal.
4/21/2022 08:37:31 am
Hi, Kerry-Ann! Thanks for sharing. I pray God will carry you through your in-between time. There are GOOD things ahead. -Laura
11/25/2022 02:39:48 am
Thank you for your words of hope
11/25/2022 08:46:58 am
Susan - I'm so glad this has encouraged you! May your faith continue to be anchored in God's word and who he is. - Laura
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