Discovering the Glorious Inbetween

There’s something remarkable about the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. It may be my favorite week of the year. Basking in the afterglow of the joy-filled day before, while experiencing peace and post-celebration stillness. Mix all of that with hope and possibility for the year to come, and I can’t think of a better time to be in God’s presence.

 

There’s nothing else quite like it.

 

I didn’t always appreciate this week of inbetween. I got so caught up in the waiting that I failed to see how God wanted to show up at that very moment and be present with me in a new way, like nothing I’d ever experienced before.

 

You see, it’s also a time to reflect on the past and anticipate the future, and I’ve spent too much time living in both of those places. But the inbetween can be the most precious place, when we let go of the longing and choose to embrace the now.

 

“And the king repeated his vow: ‘As surely as the Lord lives, who has rescued me from every danger, your son Solomon will be the next king and will sit on my throne this very day, just as I vowed to you before the Lord, the God of Israel.’” 1 Kings 1:29-30 NLT

 

King David neared the end of his time on earth. At a very old age, he lay in his bed unable to keep warm. He had ruled Israel for 40 years, and now he waited, somewhere in between a fruitful life and seeing his Lord face to face.

 

But God directed him in his time of inbetween. And as a result, something glorious happened.

 

“Then the king bowed his head in worship as he lay in his bed, and he said, ‘Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, who today has chosen a successor to sit on my throne while I am still alive to see it.’” 1 Kings 1:47-48 NLT

 

David appointed Solomon to be the next king of Israel. Solomon, the king who prayed for wisdom, led God’s people, and rebuilt the temple. And in David’s last visit with Solomon, he spoke these prophetic words that breathe hope and purpose into our lives today.

 

“If you do this, then the Lord will keep the promise he made to me. He told me, ‘If your descendants live as they should and follow me faithfully with all their heart and soul, one of them will always sit on the throne of Israel.’” 1 Kings 2:4

 

God spoke an amazing declaration during David's time of waiting. God's only son Jesus, the King of all kings, would one day be born in the lineage of David. And now, Jesus forever sits on the throne as our Lord and Savior, ready to see us face to face. Our ultimate promise of eternal life.

 

From God’s divine direction in David’s inbetween, we can find hope for our own.

 

Maybe you are in between jobs. Or maybe you’re waiting to hear whether the doctor brings a good report or bad. You might be longing for a dream to be fulfilled, or wishing for a lost relationship to be restored. Wherever you are right now, know this promise to be true.

 

God can orchestrate the glorious, even in the midst of our inbetween. (Tweet this.)

 

So let’s experience this week between Christmas and New Year’s Day with renewed expectancy. Let’s embrace the still moments and quiet days. Instead of waiting on an answer, let’s wait in God’s presence. Because during this time of in between, He desires to draw closer to us than ever before. And there’s nothing more glorious than that.

Blessings,

Kristine

 

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Help for When It's Hard to Move Forward

“But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God. I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever” (Psalm 52:8 ESV).

 

So I wrote a book. Now what?

The day of the book’s release I bustled around full of excitement. I knew God called me to do the work, and He faithfully gave me the words to say – even when I had no clue which direction we would go together. I stayed in constant conversation with God this particular day, thanking Him over and over. Asking Him to put the book in the hands of those who would be challenged by its message.

Day two came and went. Then days three, four, and five.

I tried to formulate words about the book that I could share with others. I wanted to tell people about it. Some sweet friends willingly offered to allow me to guest post on their blogs and websites. What a blessing! Their generosity would give me an avenue for sharing my heart and why the message was so important.

But the words just wouldn’t come.

Trying to get the ideas flowing again, I practiced writing on different topics. But everything seemed forced. The sentences didn’t sound like me at all.

I strained and struggled through writing a few guest posts, but others I had to cancel. I hated to do it, but I felt like a plant going through its dormant season. No green leaves, no blooms, no fruit.

 “But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God. I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever” (Psalm 52:8 ESV).

In this passage, David praised God and claimed his heritage as someone who takes refuge in the Lord and trusts in Him, no matter what. In spite of every hardship David endured under the hand of Saul, he chose to refer to himself as an olive tree. This seems like a strange description, until we look at a few facts about this tenacious plant.

1.      The olive tree is long-lasting. The oldest olive trees in history lived to be between 3000 and 4000 years old. The oldest living one today is over 2000 years old. Even more remarkable, at this age they still bear a crop of fruit every year. These trees are the symbol of longevity and fruitfulness.

2.      The olive tree is valuable. Every part of the tree is useful and desired. The fruit is used for food, the oil for cooking and light. The leaves are used for medicinal purposes, and even the wood is valued by wood-workers.

3.      The olive tree is determined. When the olive tree is chopped close to the ground, it easily sprouts back.

David knew exactly what to pray for. Through the trials of his life, David relied on God to be his source, so he could continue moving forward in the Lord’s will. God’s mercy is constant and unchanging. When we count on his strength to endure, we will bloom when the time is right.

So when I feel like that dormant plant, I must remember to trust God for the fruit. It doesn’t come from me, it comes from Him.

Sometimes we enjoy a fruitful season, moving along with ease and feeling God directing us every step of the way. Other times, we wait. David knew this, which is evident in the very next verse…

“I will wait for your name, for it is good, in the presence of the godly” (Psalm 52:9).

So I wait today. No with panic or frustration, and not with questions of “why.” But I wait because God is good, and I am an olive tree – just ready to bear fruit again in His perfect time.

 

Resources: crfg.org, olivetreeenergy.com, loveolive.co.uk