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In the Meantime…
The definition of “meantime” is the intervening time or period, as between events.
I asked God today, “What do I do in the meantime? What do I do until the call comes in for a speaking engagement? What if it never comes?”
It’s not so much that I don’t think I’ll be speaking to an audience one day. God knows I’d actually probably like to get out of that. But I am a person of action and honestly, I feel like I’m just supposed to wait for Him to tell me the next move. Hence, my question…What do I do while I wait?
His response was rather unexpected.
As I press more deeply into His words, as I lean in close to gather the whispers of His meaning, I realize that life is not about the big events alone. The meanwhile is the precious time where God refills me again. So much of ministry is the pouring out of myself. If I focus and live only for those moments, I neglect the process of replenishment. I miss the opportunity to lie by quiet waters and have my soul restored. I forego the opportunity to profess the thanks for the past and the present if I only continually look to the future. I expect to see Him working out in me down the road, but forget His presence inside me now. I pass by the opportunity to learn at His feet, to worship the One to be adored, to be still in His presence. I forget to gather the peace.
The meanwhile is not a period of boredom. The meanwhile is the exciting preparation, the heart expanding with love and teaching, the dull pieces polished, the brittle refined. The meanwhile is a walk through the forest. It’s the conversation between two friends. It’s the gift of a daughter’s hug. It’s a time of reflection, of looking in the mirror, and the choice to perhaps allow for change. All in the meantime.
The meantime is full.
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