What do you do with in-between time? The time between the creation and idea of a dream and it’s completion? It can be confusing and disruptive when we are living out the dream or plan in front of us and it’s suddenly derailed. The questions and confusion hit immediately. Did I…? Should I have…? What might have…?
Walter Brueggemann wrote that the Psalms could be divided into three types:
I’ll share a story from my own life of this process.
1. Move to Bend, OR feeling and hearing that God is going to take care of a piece of real estate I owned, knowing that if it’s not sold it could sink us financially. ORIENTATION: God’s given the clear green light to go – we go.
2. House doesn’t sell, job doesn’t cover bills, wife doesn’t get teaching position we were counting on, moving to a new home after 35 years in one place is NOT easy… DISORIENTATION: God isn’t paying attention, I didn’t hear him right, He’s not there, I need to fix it, God sucks.
It’s in the Disorientation that we grow. In fact, thank God for these times. I read a quote in the book I’m reading right now that states “the most important time is between the dreams, not the dreams themselves.”
3. So disorientation gives way to REORIENTATION: We’re okay, things are as we expected but we’re more aware of the need for daily surrender and trust in what God is giving, we’re communicating more about finances and living with more discipline and through it all, learning to be more generous.
Thanks God. Sorry for all the mean stuff I said about you last year.
How bout you? What do you do in the in-between time?
We all have these times. Try to look for the opportunity and grow. Know that DISORIENTATION is a natural part of maturing. Embrace it as best you can.