By Susan Sage
“For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD,
"plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Transition. I think people either love it or hate it.
From mid-May to late June, my husband and I traveled from northern California, to San Diego, to Monterey, back to northern California, to Oregon, to north Idaho to Alberta, Canada and back to north Idaho. The next trip is in a few days. Each time we get into our car, anticipation grows. We can’t wait to get wherever we’re going. With each arrival, we enjoy the destination but find ourselves looking toward the next step.
It’s not that we’re not enjoying the journey, we’re simply looking ahead at the next part of the venture.
The places we’ve been have been beautiful to see. The people we’ve visited have been welcoming and loving. But transition can be challenging.
There always seems to be that point where the end of one thing has happened but the new hasn’t quite yet begun. The in-between.
I’ve been thinking about people like Moses who lived in the desert area of Midian for a time until God called him to something else.
I thought about John the Baptist who God called from a wilderness area.
A righteous man named Simeon and a prophetess named Anna spent their lives waiting for the Messiah.
I don’t think Moses had a sense of anticipation. He simply remained, living life, doing what he did. How could he have had any idea, the day he saw the bush burning, that he stood on the cusp of an incredible life change.
John’s life involved God’s purpose from the very beginning and I sometimes wonder if he always had a sense of something to come. Simeon and Anna, lived in expectancy of what God promised them.
But, before each of them had a pivotal moment, they lived in the in-between.
Have you ever felt like you’re in the in-between? I have. I do.
We moved into this new place knowing of the temporariness of it. We don’t have any idea what’s around the corner. We don’t know why God brought us to this place for this time.
And, yes, I’ve thought often of Esther and her life and position “for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14).
We don’t know why we’re here. We don’t know how long. We don’t know many details. We know we’re in an in-between.
In between leaving what we knew, who we knew, and where we’d been for twenty years. Leaving church family, friends, women I mentored, women I prayed with and studied God’s word with. My husband left his career and companions, friends, co-workers.
Now we’re in the in-between. Waiting. Anticipating. Watching.
We don’t know what’s to come or even what we’re in between. We know what we’ve left, not what’s to come.
But we know Who knows.
This in-between doesn’t have to be a challenge or difficult if we can rest in God knowing. If we can trust God’s timing this in-between might just prove to be a beautiful experience much like the scenery we’ve experienced.
And that’s our choice. To trust. To rest. And to enjoy the in-between.
A special thank you to Susan Sage, a regular contributor of the Sunday Inspiration pieces and flash fiction.
I always enjoy all of your contributions. Such great words of faith, hope, wisdom, and creativity. Thanks for sharing with our readers at Pandora's Box Gazette!
About the Author
New to north Idaho, Susan Sage and her husband are enjoying getting to know the new area. She continues to work on her craft writing about God’s purpose and sovereignty in all aspects of life. She enjoys writing devotionals and flash fiction. She enjoys mentoring other writers who are new to the craft.
She is currently working on revising her website, which should be up in the next few months.
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