Are these not some of the most troubling words in the English language? Haha!
I’ve used all three of them, and in very comforting sentences. “Trust God”, “wait for his timing” and “patience is a fruit of the spirit.”
I think we’ve grown so familiar with these words, while their meanings have become like a distant memory.
When the rubber of life hits the hard road of reality, trust, wait and patience are three words that bring little comfort.
As we enter the Christmas season, the season of giving, the season of Jesus Christ.. We tend to find ourselves in the busy, overcrowded malls more often than normal (sometimes too much).. concerning ourselves with the thought of whether or not we bought that person (or those people) the perfect gift. We spend hours in search of it, but sometimes we don’t really seem to find it.
We become impatient, anxious.. we lose hope.
(Trust. Wait. Patiently.)
“But hope means that we must trust and wait for what is still unseen. For why would we need to hope for something we already have? So because our hope is set on what is yet to be seen, we patiently keep on waiting for its fulfillment. Rom 8:24-25 (TPT)”
There is a name for this Space of Waiting.
“Liminal” Space. (Latin word for “threshold”)
“A Liminal Space is the time between the ‘what was’ and the ‘next.’ It is a place of transition, waiting, and not knowing.”
“It is when you are in between your old comfort zone and any possible new answer”
It is no fun.
IF YOU ARE NOT trained in how to hold anxiety, how to live with ambiguity, got to entrust and wait.. you will run.. or more likely you will “explain.” Not necessarily a true explanation, but any explanation is better than scary Liminal Space. Anything to flee from this terrible “cloud of unknowing.”
Maybe the way forward is not finding THE ANSWER right now, but learning to life without an answer, or rather, living towards one. One that may take more than my lifetime to find.
We need to find our way back to the true meaning of trust, wait, patience.
A life of hope.