I bought a Francesca Battistelli CD the other day at Family Christian (impulse buy!). But as I was listening, one song really stuck out to me. I love it when God gets my attention through music! It’s called “Time in Between”. You need to check it out! It really got me thinking about the time we spend “in between” those big moments in our lives. If you think about it, we spend the majority of our lives in the “time in between”. We are always looking ahead for the next moment, always chasing the next dream. We spend most of our lives waiting for something.
To be old enough to go to kindergarten, to be old enough to drive, for graduation! For college, for graduation again, for a job, for a spouse, for a house, for a baby, maybe more than one baby, maybe for a new job, for retirement, for grandchildren, for eternity. No matter where you are in life, you are looking forward to something. Or maybe, you are getting frustrated with the waiting?
Do you ever wonder why God makes us wait? Ever felt like God’s holding out on you by not giving you what you want right now? Here’s what Francesca says about that…
Don’t take much for this crazy world to rob me of my peace
And the Enemy of my soul says You’re holding out on me
So I stand here lifting empty hands for You to fill me up again
But it’s the time in between that I fall down to my knees
Waiting on what You’ll bring and the things that I can’t see
I know my song’s incomplete. Still I’ll sing in the time in between.
It’s so easy to get frustrated with the waiting and believe that God must have forgotten us or doesn’t care about us. If He did, he would have immediately given us what we asked for, right? But I have been learning that God is in the waiting and while I wait, I learn to fully rely on Him. It’s easy for me to forget that I only see a small part of the puzzle, but God sees it completed. The pieces of the puzzle come together in His time, not mine. I know that God has big things for me ahead, even bigger plans for me than I have for myself!
A note from 2 Peter 3:8-9 about God’s timing:
“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
That was in reference to Christians as we wait for Jesus to come back. As we wait for eternal things. But I think it applies to us as we wait for earthly things, too. Sometimes, the wait seems long and God seems slow. But God’s timing is perfect.
In the meantime, I can trust Him with a future that I can’t see and be truly happy while I wait.