We find ourselves in the middle when nothing is as it seems but everything is how it should be.
If life looks like a blank canvas and clarity is lost, we are in the middle.
When we seek to know what’s next and the answers do not come, life is in the middle.
Living in a place of waiting gets a bad rap. Our days fill with frustration, uncertainty, and questions. But life goes on and the Master Planner does not forget us. We are not lost or forsaken. Instead of choosing doubt and believing we will always be stuck, we can choose joy and certainty that more is to come.
Abraham lived a life fulfilled by God’s promises. If we look at Abraham’s life, there were many times of not knowing what lay ahead. But God promised to bless Him and his descendants. In the Message version of Hebrews 6, this is outlined beautifully.
When God made his promise to Abraham, he backed it to the hilt, putting his own reputation on the line. He said, “I promise that I’ll bless you with everything I have—bless and bless and bless!” Abraham stuck it out and got everything that had been promised to him. When people make promises, they guarantee them by appeal to some authority above them so that if there is any question that they’ll make good on the promise, the authority will back them up. When God wanted to guarantee his promises, he gave his word, a rock-solid guarantee—God can’t break his word. And because his word cannot change, the promise is likewise unchangeable. Hebrews 6:13-18
What does it look like to live in a time of waiting? How do you hold onto God’s promises when your vision is clouded? When you feel unsettled, do you know that your story has been written and God reveals it chapter by chapter in His timing?
You might be thinking these are great questions, but you want answers! Whenever I find myself in this blank space of time, my gut response defers to wanting immediate solutions. Patience and perseverance are not my default if it can be fixed sooner. Over and over, God shows us through the ministry of His son Jesus and in the life of Paul, that an easy fix is not His default. What would it take to grab perseverance and patience in your time of waiting?
For me, it takes:
Intentionality – a purposeful time of centering myself on God as the day begins which helps me throughout the rest of the day
Remembering – that God brought me to this place of in between because He wants to work in me. He needs a place of stillness to accomplish this work. Busy pulls us away from God and His plan. Quiet focus on Him brings us to closer relationship with Him.
Trust – a belief in God and His story for my life. It is having faith that the path God designed for me will always bring me home.
Gratitude – beginning each day thanking God for the gift of a new day. This simple act of worship is a deal breaker. It can make or break how the rest of your day goes.
One of the pastors of my church calls this time “certain uncertainty”. It is a time of God revealing next steps when we are ready. He doesn’t call us to face the time alone. God knows the process is painful but He promises it is always worth it on the other side.
I pray if you find yourself in this time of “certain uncertainty”, you know how much God is guiding the process even when you can’t see anything happening. He takes your doubt and gives you clarity. God takes the quiet moments and prepares you to faithfully move ahead when He reveals your next step. He allows the hard to infuse the process but not consume it. Believe in God’s promises and know there is so much more on the other side.
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