The In Between

IMG_5743Springtime in the Rockies is, well, winter shaking out its coat of snow and ice. I snapped this photo recently of my backyard apple tree stuck in the seasonal in between. Brrrrr and beauty all rolled into one. You know what? You and I find ourselves in these seasonal in betweens too.
Our children are graduating to the next level of school or birthing a career and we are in a bit of a holding pattern. We applaud their life milestones while placing a bit of a check on our emotions. We want them to launch . . . we want them to stay. The in between.

The present job is just draining us or the company is taking another direction and we are left behind. We want a better work fit . . . we want the familiarity of our coworkers and paycheck. The in between.

The medication and treatment are winding down, but we still are not back to our normal energy and activities. We want to be well   . . . we want our “other” body back. The in between.

Like snow-covered apple blossoms, we are to hold steady through the in between seasons. On-ice circumstances do eventually thaw. Resolve and patience will usher in the new, the good. What about the awkwardness of wanting to be done and through and beyond our in between? I’m finding these words from Psalm 37:7 of help: “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him . . . .”

Stillness. Waiting. Shhhh . . . can you hear the plop-plunk, plop-plunk of your in between melting into the new and the good?

What’s your in between right now? What helps you be still and wait?

Brave and Resilient Tip #137: In between times do usher in the new and the good.


  1. Dorease Rioux says

    Beautiful and clever! I am encouraged as I read this …and “… as I stand strong in faith “in the in-between”…

    • You are an inspiring example of standing strong in the in between times, my friend.

  2. Nancy Krizek says

    Hits home. The typical unpredictable Colorado weather and the circumstances of my life.

  3. Love this, Beth. Sometimes it feels like life is a series of in betweens!

    • A series is so true for many of us. I’m finding one of the keys for me in these prolonged waits is to focus on today with the belief and confidence that
      the new and good is already “springing forth” around me. Some days I just have to look a little deeper.

  4. Carrie Brandt says

    I am such a terrible waiter!!

  5. Carrie Brandt says

    You need to be writing for US NEWS…so we can have some light in this dark world!!

    • Thank you for your vote of confidence, Carrie. I try to stay flexible on publications sources even though many media outlets only allow their own staff to write for them.