The “In Between”

I get married in 10 days. That’s right, 10 days! I’m so incredibly excited for that day. Knowing that I get to spend the rest of my life with someone who loves Jesus and loves me is the most amazing feeling. Jess and I are both looking forward to the life that God has in store for both of us.

This past weekend, I had the privilege of being the officiant of the marriage of two of my dear friends. It was my first time performing a wedding, and I had a blast. It was truly a joy to watch them commit the rest of their lives to one another. As their ceremony was unfolding, I couldn’t help but think about mine. I was imagining that it was Jess and me standing there, holding hands, and saying our vows.

I am so ready to get my new life started. It’s so close that I can almost taste it. I’m beyond ready for Jess to move in and for us to establish our new routines. The life that I desire is almost here— but not quite yet. I’m living in what I like to call the “in-between.” The days of my current life are waning away like the last drops of dew in the morning, and our new life is about to burst forth like the most beautiful sunrise. I’m ready to move into what God has for me; however, I must wait 10 more days.

We are all living in the spiritual “in-between” right now. The life that we most long for, or at least should, is the life where we get to live fully and wholly in the presence of our loving Eternal Father— which is Heaven. I don’t mean for that to sound as if we are all wanting to die, but eternity in heaven, where there is no pain, sadness, tears, or suffering, should be what our hearts most want. Our feet were made to walk the streets of gold. Our hearts will be able to fully commune with the One who made them. We will get to see our savior and dine at his table. We will no longer have to worry about broken hearts or broken bodies. Instead, we will get to live in unbroken fellowship with the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, and the great cloud of witnesses. This is what is promised in scripture. Paul wrote about this in Philippians 1 (as well as several other places):

“For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. Now if I live on in the flesh, this means fruitful work for me; and I don’t know which one I should choose. I am torn between the two. I long to depart and be with Christ—which is far better.”

Verses 21-23

Life fully with Christ will be ‘far better’ than anything that we will ever experience in this world. Even the best of days, which I am sure my wedding day will be, are just a shadow of what is to come for those who have placed their faith in Christ. Until then, we are living in the “in-between.” We will exist on this earth for but a tick of the second hand on the clock of eternity, but we will live in spiritual splendor forevermore.

The only way to survive this temporal life is to keep our eyes on what is coming next for us. That’s how Jess and I are making it through the stressful and busy days leading up to our wedding. We all must do the same with our lives. There will be plenty of trials, tribulations, temptations, and hardships that will come our way; the Bible has promised us that. The only way to make it through each of them is to latch on to the promise that there is something much more at the end of all of this. As Paul wrote in Romans 8:18, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” The Promised Land promises to be greater than anything that we have ever or will ever experience. Let us keep our eyes focused upon that as we make it through all of our “in-between” days.

If you liked this, then I think that you’ll enjoy my book. You can buy it by going here. Also, I have started a His Kingdom/ Our Good podcast. It’s available on Apple Podcast, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Overcast, Stitcher, and Anchor.

Published by smith1626

I am the Director of Youth Ministries at St. John United Methodist Church in Scott Depot, WV. Mostly, I am a sinner saved by amazing grace.

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