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Season of Waiting

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.  Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV

Photo courtesy of pixabay.Wait. Not one of our favorite words, right? Certainly not one of mine.

Unfortunately, waiting is a part of life. I find myself waiting in line at the grocery store, at the bank, and in the drive-thru at a fast-food restaurant. I wait as my call is put on hold. Many times I wait for the check to come in the mail and for that special item to go on sale.

But sometimes the waiting goes deeper and becomes more intense. We find ourselves in a season of transition that creates confusion and ambiguity. It can be quite unsettling as we struggle to decide which direction we should go. We are locked in an area between one point in time and another. This is called liminal space. A threshold. The time between what was and what will be. A place of waiting and not knowing.

For most of us, this place is uncomfortable. But one writer says this liminal space is where all transformation takes place—but only when we learn to wait and let it form us.

The Bible is filled with examples of this liminal space. The Israelites in the desert. Joseph in the pit and then prison. Mary and Joseph as they traveled to Nazareth. The disciples after Jesus was crucified.

Those times of not knowing the next step or what to expect can be some of the most important, life-changing moments for us. Jesus may be asking us as He did the disciples, “Where is your faith?”

So, what are you waiting for? The birth of a child? Your healing? Maybe you’re moving across the country or trying to find that perfect someone. Perhaps you’re praying for a prodigal to come home. Wherever you are on your journey—your season of waiting—know that it did not catch God by surprise. In fact, He may have orchestrated it to mold and shape you, preparing you for your destiny.

You don’t always have to know all the answers or figure everything out for yourself. Trust God … with all your heart. He’s got your back, and He alone will direct your path.

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Andrea Merrell

Andrea Merrell is an award-winning author and professional freelance editor. She is an associate editor with Christian Devotions Ministries and was a finalist for the 2016 Editor of the Year Award at BRMCWC and the 2018 Excellence in Editing award by the Christian Editors Network. Andrea is a graduate of Christian Communicators and was a finalist in the 2015 USA Best Book Awards and the 2018 Selah Awards, as well as a semi-finalist in the 2018 ACFW Genesis contest. She has been published in numerous anthologies and online venues, teaches workshops on writing and editing, and is the co-founder and regular contributor to www.TheWriteEditing.com, a blog designed specifically for writers. Andrea is the author of Murder of a Manuscript, Praying for the Prodigal, and Marriage: Make It or Break It. Contact her at www.AndreaMerrell.com.