Some years ago I was invited to speak at a prayer breakfast for women. My topic was “In the Meantime,” a synopsis of what I shared with the ladies is ...
In the “Meantime” is where dreams, and visions are nurtured. The “Meantime” is also where dreams and visions die. In the “Meantime” is where you are waiting for the fulfillment of promises. It’s also a place where you may experience complacency and become discouraged.
How many times were you given a promising word? How many times have you watched others receive what they desired and prayed for, but you? Until you receive the fulfillment of your promises- what do you do in the meantime?, I asked the women.
After listening to the responses of a few women, my answer was “wait.” Waiting isn’t always a posture of passiveness. Think about this, when you’re in a restaurant, you place your order, and you begin to wait. While waiting, more than likely, you’re not waiting passively.
First of all, you’re probably waiting and possessing a sense of confidence you’ll receive your order. If you aren’t in the restaurant alone, you may spend time talking to the person(s) you’re with or if you’re there alone, you may look around to enjoy the scenery.
But, in the “Meantime”, you’re waiting with anticipation. You are expecting your order to come with satisfaction. In this instance, waiting is with expectancy, not passiveness.
Another form of waiting involves servitude. When the waiter appears to take your order, the waiter is performing the act of waiting on or serving you. Just as the waiter serves you, in the “Meantime” while you are waiting for the manifestation of your goals or visions, you can use your time to wait on or serve others.
Using time wisely will still require maintaining a posture of expectancy. For example, if you’re waiting to publish a book, start a new business, looking for a special someone, or have plans to return to school, in the meantime, do something. Start a new blog. Research how to start a new business. Work on self-improvement until someone special comes along, or search online about school requirements and learn more about your area of educational interest. You may offer to volunteer your service and time. This gesture will allow you the opportunity to learn from others. But, in the meantime, hold on to your goals, dreams, and promises.
In the “Meantime,” the failure to properly wait with the right attitude could cause your dreams and visions to abort or you may give birth to failure. Consider Abraham, his lack of patience led to the birth of his first-born Ishmael. In other words, while waiting, frustration and complacency may cause more harm than good. In the meantime can be a burial site or a birthing station.
So, my question for you, “what do you do in the meantime?”