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.