“I’m tired of being in limbo.”
I spoke those very words to my husband two days ago. And they were nothing but the truth.
I was tired of feeling stuck. I was frustrated how “my plans” weren’t progressing like I thought they should be. I was beginning to question if I had missed something important. Something important from God. Like a “turn here” sign, or a “turn around, you’ve missed it” warning. I was weary of feeling cast aside.
“Limbo” can be disheartening, discouraging, and a down-right difficult place to hang out in.
If you’ve been there, or have spoken similar words as above, then you know exactly what I mean.
limbo :: a place or state of oblivion to which persons or things are as being relegated when cast aside, forgotten, past, or out of date; an intermediate, transitional, or midway state or place
Six months have passed since I was laid off from a job I thoroughly enjoyed. Applying for 37 jobs during this time, and receiving little to nothing from my effort has challenged my tenacity. The truth is, I don’t just want any job. I want the job God wants for me.
During these months, I’ve written my little heart out. It’s been a refreshing time of co-writing with God, and watching in awe His work. I began the book that has been simmering deep within me, and as I walk this process of writing out, He’s teaching me much.
But yet, there’s a deep-down feeling I’m in a holding pattern. Like there’s something else I’m to be doing. As if I’m tucked in a place where I am to sit and wait. Friend, let me tell you, this waiting place isn’t an easy spot for me.
Maybe you know exactly how this feels. The dream that’s in your heart isn’t quite coming together. Your plans appear to be falling apart. It’s the umpteenth day of driving to work feeling, “There’s got to be more to life than this right now.” You’re believing God has big plans for your life, but you’re not finding direction.
And so you wait. Waiting for what seems like an eternity. Waiting for God to show you the next move to make.
That’s me right there.
But this morning, I was reminded of a truth I have hanging in my office. And it’s one of my favorites.
Where you are right now is God’s place for you. Live and obey and love and believe right there. 1 Corinthians 7:17 MSG
A new thought for me is this: Times of limbo aren’t necessarily bad.
They can be times of growing, preparation, blessing, and refreshment. God might just be doing something amazing behind the scenes that we can’t see yet.
We’re not being set aside, but instead, set apart. Set apart for God’s next big move in our lives. Set apart for what only He can accomplish through you and me.
Right there in limbo.
Friend, God hasn’t forgotten you. He has you right where He wants you.
I pray we find rest in this truth today, and be encouraged by His words.
It’s a joy to link this post with Suzie Eller and friends for #livefreeThursday on the subject of limbo. It’s a great day to #livefree!