You may be living in-between. That time of waiting for what’s next, but not knowing when and if it will come.
In-between jobs. In-between relationships. In-between places to live. In-between paychecks.
Frustrated, you may find yourself crying out to God wondering: What’s next? How long do I have to wait?
During our first year of marriage, my hubby, Leif (pronounced Lay-f) and I had a year of living in-between.
We house-sat in order to save for a down payment on our first home. We were given a place to stay for the first four months. As time rolled by, we wondered what was next.
We asked God for favor.
We let family and friends know our needs.
Low and behold, another place would open up.
This pattern continued for a full year. We bounced in-between homes and apartments and trailers. The last few days in a place would be upon us and we’d have no clue what was next.
Then, the cell phone rang or we’d bump into a friend in the market suggesting another house-sitting opportunity.
God answered our prayers by guiding us to the right people at the right time.
For an entire year, we were given a place to stay, and, on occasion, were even paid. Moving was stressful—especially as newlyweds—but I’m amazed how God orchestrated a full calendar year’s worth of free housing. I’m in awe of divine guidance and provision.
In my perfect world, God would have handed me a calendar on our wedding day with a full schedule of where we’d be living and when. Instead, God used chance conversations with friends and opportune moments to guide our steps. Though the year of living in-between was full of challenges and Leif never wants to pack another box, God’s guidance was perfect.
When I think of the guidance of God, I think about geography, proximity, and chance encounters. I’m learning to broaden my definition of the Spirit’s guidance.
God doesn’t just guide the places where we go or the people we meet; the Lord is involved in the minuscule details of our lives.
Maybe this is just the reminder you needed today:
Even in the in-between, God is guiding and leading and teaching and reminding.
Even when life feels out of control and you aren’t sure what’s next, God is still on the throne. God hasn’t left you. He is near.
I’ve begun to recognize prayer as three parts: one part speaking, one part listening, and one part waiting. Which part comes most easily for you? Which part is the most difficult?
Gather. As we gather for the Summer Bible Study, let’s discuss this question:
When was the last time you found yourself in-between? How did you respond?
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