“To us, waiting is wasting. To God, waiting is working.” – Louie Giglio
As I’m sitting here, listening to the calmness of the waves waiting to greet the shore, and admiring the glistening waters, a word came to mind – “waiting“.
Waiting for time to pass, waiting for the clouds to clear, waiting for the wave to crash.
I am waiting for something that I foresee happening, but what if it doesn’t?
What if I am wasting my time waiting for something I am unsure of, yet think I’m sure of? What if what I perceive to be my next isn’t what God set out for me?
Faith and hope are words that come to mind.
Do we really have any concrete idea of where we are headed? How do we get there from where we are right now?
Is our next better than where we are? Or worse?
What’s your next? What’s your in-between?
How do you transition from one thing – perhaps the very best moment/day, or the very worst – to the other side of it?
The in-between time. One of the hardest, and yet, one of the most formative seasons we frequent. While we can’t wait for the next event, or wish the hard times away, the in-between time is where we actually do our best work, or at least, have the potential to.
Letting go of what has been, or at least moving with the passing of time from an event, whether it was good or bad, is a skill we spend our lives working on (or not). It’s the space in-between the big moments that are hard to navigate.
It’s tempting to want to speed time up, slow it down, rush through it, sleep through it, numb through it… and get to the other side. But we risk losing the lessons and stories the in-between has for us.
So just wait. Have a seat. Take a breath.
Don’t think of the ‘waiting’ as a passive waiting; it’s more of an active patience. I’m talking about Presence. You are where you are, so be there. All there.
God is at work in the in- between, weaving His incredible story through your life the way only He can, and only if we choose to be patient with Him in it.