We’re in between birth and death. Fact.
And what do we do with the in-between?
‘….I can’t wait for them the sleep through the night.
For them to feed themselves.
I can’t wait.
I can’t wait for her to speak, then I’ll know what she wants.
Can you imagine what it’s going to be like with four children at school.
I can’t wait.
I can’t wait until I’m healed.
Until this cloud lifts.
Until this just ENDS.
I can’t wait until hot summer. I’ll feel better then.
Actually… until I can absorb the vibrancy of fall.
Or rather new life spring.
Wait, I mean hot chocolate and cosy fire winter.
I can’t wait until the church looks like the vision I have.
‘Mommy I can’t wait until I’m 7’
‘Mom, I can’t wait until I’m an adult..until I can drive’
I know. I know.
But today you’re 6.
And you two, you’re 14…there is an end to adolescence, until then, you’re on a road in which you’ll find me.
Parenting not meddling.
Clearing not blocking your path. (In addition, I’m happy, more than happy to drive)
There’s a gift in waking in the night, in your singleness, there’s a gift in the noise of toddler babble, there’s a gift in a church slowly growing in grace and wholeness.
There’s a gift as you travel to healing.
…In duct taped cars and dreams out of reach.
Let’s open our eyes and aim to live content in-between.
I love this verse. Could we get there?
‘Actually, I don’t have a sense of needing anything personally. I’ve learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I’m just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I’ve found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am’
Philippians 4:11 Message.
Take a look at your now.
This is not removing our hope for change, it’s not discounting desperate prayers or ignoring holy discontent.
We know for sure we have right now.
Let’s invite Jesus into the painful, messy, mundane, me filled now.
He promises life tangible.
I pray that we will grasp that the in-between equals life in its fullness.
Life and peace, Michelle xox
True contentment is a real, even an active, virtue – not only affirmative but creative.
It is the power of getting out of any situation all there is in it.