**This post was originally written for and published on shortdailydevotions.com
“And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord.” Luke 1:45 NASB
Advent is a season of waiting and expectation. It’s a season of remembering and reflecting. It’s a season of in-between. Living in-between is living after a promise has been spoken but before it has come to fruition. It is a season of divine tension. A season in which the soul must fight for faith in what is true before proof ever surfaces.
LIFE IN BETWEEN
Today I wonder if you’re in a season of in-between.
I wonder what your hopes and dreams are. I wonder if you’ve heard God whisper a promise(s) to your heart about your future.
I wonder if you’ve come so far, but have yet to see your dreams, your hopes, your promises fulfilled. I wonder if realizing them even seems impossible.
The truth is, seasons of in-between are all about our faith.
SEASON OF HOPE
So how do we practice faith when our eyes cannot yet see what our hearts are waiting for?
We reflect on the past. We remember what God has done since he made his promise(s).
Because as sure as his promise was, every instance of his subsequent faithfulness is a way he repeats his original promise. It’s as if he says…
- I still mean it.
- I haven’t forgotten it.
- I haven’t forsaken it.
- I will do it.
- I still promise.
- It’s coming.
- Look up, child.
- Trust me, love.
- Have peace, friend.
- You have nothing to fear, darling.
- I will not disappoint you.
- I will never betray you.
- I will not forsake you.
- I will always love you.
- As a state of being, yes.
- But also as a verb.
- My promise still stands.
Today, would you pull out a piece of paper or create a new document on your device, and begin to make a list of God’s kindnesses toward you this past year? Your heart and mind may just be waiting for this.
And unexpected peace and joy may just be waiting for you.