Are you in the “between” time? I’m talking about the times when you’re standing in between a mountain of adversity and a magnificent breakthrough. Yeah, that time. We’ve all been there some time or another or you might be there at this very moment. What do you do? How do you cope when all “hell” seems to be breaking loose in your life and nothing you’ve tried seems to work?
That’s a very REAL question. I’ve had to ask myself the same question during some “You’ve got to be kidding me!” moments in my life. Y’all know I’m all about sharing my experiences with the intent of helping others in similar situations. So, let the sharing begin. Grab yourself a cup of something warm, your pen, paper or writing device of choice and absorb.
Dealing with the “Between Time”
SCREAM: I know this might seem CRAY CRAY, but seriously, this helps. I actually learned this one from my Mom. When we were kids, I remember her going downstairs in the basement, screaming at the top of her lungs and gracefully walking back up stairs. She would say it’s good to get all of your frustrations out in a healthy way. My sisters and I followed suit! When one of us was facing an impossible challenge, it wasn’t uncommon for you to hear a high-pitched shriek rising from the basement. My advice – do this when you’re by yourself.
SHARE: After my pity party or solo outburst, I find a quiet place to retreat and share my heart with my Heavenly Daddy. Talking to God allows me to take the weight of the situation off my shoulders and put it at His feet. My chats aren’t fancy or eloquent, they are just simple conversation. Sometimes I don’t know exactly what to say, because the situation I’m facing has taken the air out of me, so I just sit quietly. God knows our hearts and many times silence allows our spirits to take a much needed break and leaves room for the Father to do His best work in us.
SEEK: The best advice that someone gave me (and now I’m passing it to you) is to seek a safe place to bleed. When we’re hurting it’s hard for us to share what we’re feeling with people, so we simply don’t share. I encourage you to find someone you can trust that will pray for you and with you. Someone that will allow you to be REAL about how you’re feeling and can offer words of encouragement, but at the same time relate to what you’re going through.
Whether it’s screaming, sharing or seeking, we’ve all had to find what works best for us in our “between” time. You’re not alone and you’re definitely not the only one who is experiencing these challenging moments. For those of you who have made your way through some challenging “between” times, I’d love to hear from you.