This is my first attempt at Five Minute Friday, a blog-writing prompt from Lisa Joy Baker that I’ve seen around the web for some time but never done until today. The deal as I understand it – take her prompt, write five unedited minutes, post. So here we go – today’s prompt: In Between.
In Between is such an unsettling place to be. At first it seems like fun, maybe, like Grover on Sesame Street with Near and Far, Over and Under.
But when used by a grown up it often signals a vulnerability, as in “I’m in between jobs.”
For the science fiction fan, it signals walls closing in like they did on Harrison Ford in Star Wars IV.
In my house right now it signals chaos, as in “I’m in between the decision to have a garage sale, and the actual having of said garage sale.”
But the danger on focusing on the unknown , or the claustrophobia, or the random tiny pieces of broken toys your dear children scrounged and deposited in the living room when asked to go through their belongings to select items to sell in the garage sale, is that you forget where to focus.
You forget to focus on the possibility of reinvention, the magic of not knowing what’s around the next bend. You forget to focus on the fact that in all places of in between, God stands ready to take all your loose ends and weave them together for good, into a far better next stop than you could think of.
You forget that the heart of chaos can be creation, if the right Wind is allowed to breathe and blow through.
I don’t know if that applies to garage sales, too. I hope so.
I love this post. And WELCOME TO FMF! You’ll love it here, we all do 🙂 I feel like you said it all in this post, the in between and the weaving of loose ends. Beautiful 🙂
Thanks, Jamie, I’m excited to join the FMF community. Next week, I hope to figure out a less-lame thumbnail. 🙂
First, welcome to FMF! I am fairly new myself and just getting the hang of cutting myself off after only 5 minutes and then NOT editing! You did awesome and I can totally relate to how you feel. I used to feel the same way about the in between. It can be a scary place…not knowing what the future holds. I would often panic if I didn’t know what was going on and have a plan and then a back up plan for that on! It’s tough but I am learning to trust God and to embrace this in between time! To view it as positive and good! It’s a hard lesson but rewarding. Thank you for sharing. Have a blessed weekend!
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Amber, thank you for the comment! You are right, five minutes is hard, but strangely freeing. See you around FMF!
Wise words: “You forget that the heart of chaos can be creation.” I’m hanging on to that thought today as I negotiate and wait in the in between!
Oh, the waiting. So not fun, but hopefully productive for you! Thanks for the comment!