Five Minute Friday prompt for this week: In Between
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I suddenly remembered a song that I used to sing over and over when I was a teen. It’s called, “The Now and the Not Yet” by Amy Grant. And when I think of “In Between,” the opening lyrics of that song come to mind: “No longer, what we were before, but not all that we will be.” True.
We are on a journey. It’s all a process. The work God is doing in me and in you…it’s continually evolving. We are no longer what we were…but we are not yet all that we will be. He’s still forming and shaping us. There is something comforting in that.
It settles on me like a warm blanket. Or like a deep breath. Like Jesus is saying, “Darlin, it’s okay. Stop thinking about all the things you need to do better and just rest in me a bit. You’re in the In Between. You haven’t arrived yet. But you know what? You’re not stuck where you used to be either.”
It’s a good reminder, to remember how far we’ve come rather than focus on how far we have to go. Regardless of which part of the journey we’re talking about. It may be that you’re trying to lose weight and it seems like a huge goal. But each day, you’re a little closer and you can look back at how much you’ve lost rather than feeling overwhelmed by how much you have to go.
Or maybe, you’ve quit drinking and you think about the weight of staying sober, every day, for the rest of your life. But your journey is not all ahead of you! Even if you’ve been sober for just 21 days. Take comfort in that. You’re in between the old and the new you. And you’re making it happen.
Or maybe you have that same old habit that you trip over, whatever it is. I guarantee you, if you are a person who is seeking to grow and change, you are not in the same place you were ten years ago. Give yourself some grace and know that if you keep working on it, you’ll probably look back in ten years and see that you’ve conquered more obstacles than you ever thought you could.
The key to all of this…to living in the In Between and looking forward to the Finish Line is in trusting your Maker to finish the work He started. He won’t leave you half done. He’ll complete the work He began in you. Give yourself grace…you will mess up. But keep your heart open toward the one who picks you up, dusts you off and points you back in the right direction. And occasionally, take a look back and celebrate how far He’s brought you.
Time’s up. Stop!
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