In the Meantime

As you know, I’m a movie buff.  They make the best examples and they’re ripe with quotes you can use.  I’m sure most of you have seen the movie “Avatar”.  If you haven’t seen it, you’re missing out on a great movie.  In the opening scene, Jake (the main character) tells the story of his life.  He is traveling to a planet called Pandora from Earth.  It’s taken the ship five years to get to Pandora.   However, he has been asleep the whole time, and awakens as the ship arrives on Pandora as if he’s only been asleep a night.

Some of you have probably wished you could just go to sleep and wake up five years later and whatever was troubling you was five years in the past.  I’ve even wished for it myself.  It’s great in theory.   Not to have to go through trials and challenges, but just go to sleep, only to wake up and it’s gone.  The only problem with that is that you miss out on the in-between part.  You miss out on all the lessons you could have learned while you were in the “meantime”.  Yes, you miss out on some tears, but you miss out on some laughter as well.

In the meantime.  It’s a place no one wants to be.  Meantime is defined as “between events”.  It’s that moment in a relay race where the person who’s holding the baton extends it out front, but the person has not grabbed it yet.  It’s that time when you’re doing your best to grow as a person and you’re not really accepted with your current friends, but you don’t have any new friends.  It’s the time between you planting the seed and seeing the seedling break through the soil.  It’s the scariest time, because you don’t really fit in back there (wherever “there” is to you), but you’re not quite where you trying to go to (wherever “that place” is to you).

That is the time when you have to trust God the most.  Because, that is when you’re most alone.  In the meantime.  But, it’s also a time when you learn who you are, what you can do, and what you’re about.  It’s a definite opportunity to grow.  It’s a time when you learn who you can take with you on your journey and who you need to leave behind.  You earn your stripes during the meantime because you’re fighting through to the next event.  There is no next event if you don’t go through the meantime.

When Matt was an infant I would say “I’ll be glad when he does…”.  One day Pastor told me to stop. He said you’re wishing his life away.  He told me to enjoy each moment with him.  I’m so glad that he did.  I was wishing away important moments that would be gone too soon as he grew.  I began to enjoy each moment.

It’s the same with you.  Don’t wish away those “meantime” moments.  You don’t want to go to sleep, only to wake up and the problem is gone.  You won’t be any better as a person if you did.  Learn and grow through them.  There is a definite purpose for the meantime moments in your life.  God is growing you, expanding you, stretching you, and making you better.  When you get to the other side, you’ll appreciate being in the meantime and everything you gained from it.  I promise.

At the time I have decided, my words will come true. You can trust what I say about the future. It may take a long time, but keep on waiting— it will happen! (Habakkuk 2:3 CEV)

Love you to life!

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