It took 9 months to sell our home in Georgia.
For 9 months I lived as a single mom, while my husband took off for Ohio to begin his new job. The days ran long, while we waited for a buyer. We prayed and prayed and pleaded with God to cut this long ordeal short. Looking back, it occurse to me that perhaps our prayer was indeed answered, although 9 months felt more long than short.
For all I know, the 9 months wait was the short version.
I didn’t embrace that time much. I pined for my husband, and lamented raising a little baby alone, and having to maintain the yard and house all by myself.
My frustration mounted every time I had to mow the grass in the sweltering heat during my boy’s nap time. I rode that mower with the baby monitor strapped to me, with the volume turned all the way up.
I wasn’t thankful for the baby monitor, I was irritated that I needed to use it for this.
With the slow passage of each day, I pushed and kicked against God for allowing this process to drag on. Why was this taking so long? Why couldn’t we unload our house faster?
I was living an in-between season.
I’d emotionally detached from Georgia, and my heart had long left for Ohio.
I didn’t value this time like I should have. I lived closer to my parents then than I have in years, and didn’t make the trip near enough. I had only one child then, and though I savored the time with him, I could have done it better.
I was living in tomorrow, ignoring too many moments unfolding right in front of me.
We all have these seasons–these in-betweens. But what we sometimes fail to see in the middle of it, is that this, right in this moment, is where the living happens.
I’ve learned it since that particularly challenging season 9 years ago, but even now, I still forget.
Life is happening right now. This moment.
We can choose to be fully present, or we can try to push our way through.We live in a fast-paced, multi-tasking society Jumping from one thing to the next is a cultural practice for most of us.
Only problem is, that doesn’t work.
Living for the next thing, isn’t really living at all.
We are not as in control of our destiny as we like to think. For all of our pushing, sometimes the answer is still, not yet. It’s what we do in the “not yet” that makes up our life.
I spent a few brief minutes chatting with Jeff Goins about his new book, The In-Between: Embracing The Tension Between Now and The next Big Thing.
Subscribers, view the video HERE.
In Jeff’s book, he candidly shares various in-between stories from his life, to which every one can relate.
Pick up a copy of The In-Between. It’s an encouraging read.