Between the dreams and goals we have in life are these spaces of life called “the waiting”. While we are looking ahead to the next bend in the road, or mending something torn from the last season of our life, there are moments, days, months, and maybe even years of waiting. We all get them. We all will continue to have them.
It’s often called the “in between”, or the “not yet”, and it is that seemingly long pause in the midst of life. You feel it when you are waiting to hear the results of your job interview, or the update on your adoption status. It’s the down-time in the waiting room, or the layover in the airport. It is the long season of singleness, or the journey of barrenness. It’s the prayer that isn’t yet answered, or the dream that isn’t being fulfilled. This list could go on…
The difference in your life in “the waiting” will be made in what you choose “here”, and how you live. So, in the “in-between”:
Pray. I say this not with the intention of reserving prayer only for this season of life, because prayer should be a part of our daily life and breathing, but these moments are precious and can be made deep and meaningful by relationship with God that we cultivate while here in life’s waiting room. Have many conversations with God covering every topic you can think of. You will be surprised and warmed by the heart of God that is ever turned towards you.
Worship. Your deepest need and mine is to connect to our Heavenly Father and be caught up in His splendor in the midst of our “nothingness”. When we feel there is nothing to celebrate, run towards, or achieve, it is then that we need a different perspective, and there is nothing like looking into the face of God to change our outlook. Read Job 38 for a view of God’s abilities beyond your “nothing”, and worship.
Study. Some of your best education happens in the “in-between” spaces of life. Learn something new, try a new hobby, add to your knowledge by researching, traveling, spending time with people, joining a club, organization, or take a class or two. Add disciplines to your life in these free moments. Disciplines will help keep you from wasting your life in the now and in the future.
Embrace. Embrace another along the road. Share in the help and encouragement of another traveler on the way. Teach what you know, give what you have, “pay it forward”.
Feel. Your capacity for love and capacity for pain go hand in hand. Don’t numb your heart to save yourself pain. Open your heart to God, pour out your deepest pains, and be content with leaving them in His hands. Open your heart to others. Forgive, try again, start anew. Laugh, smile, and engage.
Practice Thankfulness. Delight in something daily and give thanks– if even the rays of sun through the window, or the faithful dog at your side. Enjoy your food, gather flowers, read books, take stock of your life and give thanks to the One who gives it to you as a gift.
Remember. Journal, photograph, blog, or record in some way the things God has done for you. Share them with as many people as you can in as many ways as you can. Never forget His faithfulness. If He was faithful then, won’t He be the same now? The answer is, “YES!”
5 For his anger lasts only a moment,
but his favor lasts a lifetime;
weeping may stay for the night,
but rejoicing comes in the morning.
27 “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?