For Those In Waiting | What Happens in Between
I was writing in my journal that I was fighting a battle of faith as we went through a season of waiting when my hubby came home.
He started with saying that two or three other people were also applying for the same contract as us.
My heart skipped a beat.
Then he smiled and said, "but we got it!!!"
Relief and joy washed over me all at the same time. I let go of the breath I didn't know I was holding.
That same night I made this comic journal page. I was so excited I forgot to take a video how I put it together using Storytelling stickers. Here's a video of me coloring it.
You see, we've been on a thrilling faith journey for the past year. When Covid hit, my husband couldn't work in the gym because of lockdown, our first child was only 2 months old, and I was still healing from a tear I got when I gave birth— it was one of our most uncertain times.
We tried everything. From applying for jobs in gyms to warehousing. We were even prepared to switch roles and I applied for a couple of software development jobs. We also got some clients online but they didn't stay long.
One day I read this article about how although hospitality businesses were bad, business in logistics was actually seeing greater demand. They seemed to pay well enough but it was a whole career shift for hubby. He couldn't imagine himself working in it.
As the months went by, God kept reminding us through that season that He loves us and cares for us. To stay strong and wait on Him. He was working things out for our own good. If there was one thing I knew God liked to do, it was that He was growing us while we waited. We clung to our faith and carried on.
Just when the government wage subsidy extension ended, a friend from church helped us and gave hubby work. And guess which industry it was in? Yes, it was in the logistics industry. (Count on God to hint me of it before it happened!)
Hubby didn't just get a job, he got a whole new set of friends, a whole new calling to excel in his work, a whole new sense of fulfillment from building relationships with clients assigned to him.
A year after, with God's leading and mind blowing provision, we have founded our small company of two and are working as a logistics business with a direct contract with one of the best courier companies in New Zealand.
Ephesians 3:20 is so true. A year ago I would never have imagined we would be where we are now.
'Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.' (Ephesians 3:20 NLT)
There's something about waiting on God that grows our trust in Him. When we don't have the "yes" or "no" answer but only the "wait", we can either waver and lose confidence in Him or we can stand firm and let God accomplish more than we might ask or think.
What I've learned is that what happens in between is even more important than the beginning or end. There's a certainty and confidence that you only get to truly know in the in-between. In-between is where your faith is tested. In-between is where you see if it's made out of gold as it burns in the fire of waiting. In-between is where He builds your character and trust in Him.
Friend, if you're going through a season that you need to be diligent and carry on while waiting, I want to encourage you with this verse.
"Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.
Psalms 27:14 NLT
Remember that God loves you and His ways are higher than our ways. He's got your back. Be brave. Be courageous. In Him.
If you are in the season of waiting, I encourage you to journal through it. All the feels and happenings. Then one day, you can tell your story and encourage someone else in the same season you are in right now.
If you want to try out creative journaling to refocus your thoughts while waiting, I've made an Illustrated Life Story Journal printable below that has storytelling stickers you can print to make a comic journal page to tell your story.