Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The In-Between

Have you ever stopped to think about how much time we spend waiting?

We wait for traffic, lines at the grocery store, and bedtime (#kiddingnotkidding). We wait for big things in life like the day we'll meet our spouse or get pregnant. We wait for God to answer our prayers, and we get it in our heads that He only answers when the waiting is over.

But what if we're missing the bigger picture? What if God has something beautiful for us IN the waiting?

I was in a bridal store today, looking for a formal dress, and I started thinking about what a fun season of life being engaged is. It's full of so much planning, anticipation, and excitement-- not unlike writing a story! And though being married is much greater than being engaged, there's something uniquely special about that season of a relationship, is there not?

One of my favorite Bethel songs, "Shepherd," has a line that says, "In the process, in the waiting, You're making melodies over me." Those words have really hit me lately as I've realized it's not DESPITE the waiting, or AFTER the waiting, but IN the waiting that God sings over us. If only we would stop rushing on toward the next goal long enough to hear that song! It's as if He is saying, "Take a moment away from life-- a moment of the in-between-- to simply be with Me."

What does God want to do with your in-between?

Maybe today, you're thinking if you could just get published, the waiting would finally end. But then comes waiting for book reviews, contest results, release days-- you name it! The waiting will always continue, though it will take different forms. 

We must learn to wait well.

I want to encourage you to find beauty in this season, whatever you're waiting on. Today's wait is unique to today. You'll never get another chance to sow into this particular season, so sow well! You'll be glad you did when you see the blooms.


Ashley Clark writes romance with southern grace. She's dreamed of being a writer ever since the thumbprint-cookie-days of library story hour. Ashley has an M.A. in English and enjoys teaching literature courses at her local university. She's an active member of ACFW and runs their newcomer's loop. When she's not writing, Ashley's usually busy rescuing stray animals and finding charming new towns. You can find Ashley on her personal blog, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. She is represented by Karen Solem.


kaybee said...

Ashley, this is deep and desperately needed. I was discouraged this week. I need to make the most of NOW. Proverbs 3:5 and 6.
Kathy Bailey

Robin E. Mason said...

kinda goes along with a post i'm writing on autumn—a season of letting go and waiting... beautifully said, Ashley, thanks for the reminder!

Anonymous said...

SOOOOOO needed this, though so much so the conviction stung at first before it refreshed. ;) Thank you for this.

Ashley Clark said...

Kathy, thank you for sharing! It's so easy to get discouraged, and I know that for me, the littlest things can trigger it.. a book in the store that sounds just like my story, an unexpected rejection, etc. It's so easy to get caught up in the next step and forget the beauty of where we are residing. I'm glad you're feeling more encouraged! Thanks for stopping by!

Robin, I so agree with you about the seasonal imagery! I love thinking abut the writing life that way.

Meghan, ISN'T THAT TRUE. Sometimes my prayers look more like, "But are you suuuuuuuuure, God?" :) It can be so hard when our hearts are invested in the dreaming!

Pepper Basham said...

This is beautiful, Ashley!! And such a sweet reminder of God's timing-even during the moments of waiting.