I recently watched an old classic where halfway through, the word "intermission" appeared in bold letters across the screen. It took me a second to understand what that meant. I hadn't seen a movie with an intermission in years! Impatient, I ignored the blaring waiting room music and fast forwarded my movie. I went through what would probably have been a 15 minutes intermission in 5 seconds!
I don't like waiting. I don't like standing in queue when I'm in a hurry. I don't like sitting around just...waiting. And you, like myself, probably don't like it either. Oh, waiting can be alright when I have something else to do in the meantime. But I'll share a little story on that in the part 2 of this post.
Ok, let me take you back to the movie with the intermission. After fast forwarding, I was immediately reminded of the words of Sharon Jaynes in the book "Trusting God". She said when it seems like we've reached the end, the story's not over yet. Maybe we're just at an intermission.
It may happen that things don't look like you want them to. But I am certain that God has not forgotten you. In fact, He's not done with you yet! An intermission is only that waiting period in the middle of a story. It's not the end. Sharon Jaynes, in her book, reminds us not to "put a period where God put a comma".
Want to know who went through an intermission?
Moses was in the desert near Mount Sinai for forty years before God called him.
Joseph was in prison for at least two years.
David tended sheep for a long time before becoming King.
Sarah thought for years that she would never bear a son.
The Israelites wondered the desert for forty years.
Job suddenly lost everything and suffered much.
Ruth lost her husband then left her people to follow Naomi.
I'm sure these men and women thought the end had come when really, their story had barely just begun.
Let's trust God with our individual stories. He knows what He's doing. And if we could just look upon that "intermission" with spiritual eyes, we'll see God working backstage, putting everything in place, perfecting the plot, making sure we're ready for the next act.
What are we to do during that time?
In the words of King David:
"Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass." (Psalm 37:4-7KJV).
Just remember that He that has begun this good work in you will perform it unto the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6).
And as once spoken through the animated lips of a cartoon character "in the end... there really is no end, just... new beginnings".
It's not over. Because when the curtains part and you enter into a new act, you'll discover that it's only just the beginning of greater things.
Questions you and I may ask ourselves:
Where have you put a fullstop when all God put there was a comma? What dreams and what prospects of your story have you let go with no hope of resuscitating? Would you patiently wait and trust God in an intermission? Would you get busy or wait around mumbling and grumbling like the children of Israel in the desert (more on that in the part 2)? How did you handle an intermission in the past?
Blessings and much love,