Waiting in the In-between
So I started another garden.
Not just a small one. It runs the entire length of the building.
As if I don't already have enough to tend to - not sure what I'm thinking. Taking on another project right now is that last thing I should be doing. Maybe it's this waiting in the in-between that's making me restless. I feel a need to create order and beauty when life happens crazy around me. It's not the first time I've done something like this. I find that my response to chaos beyond my control is to attempt to create order. Not that long ago, as the pandemic made everything spin out of control, I found myself organizing the junk drawer, then each cluttered closet in the house. Random, but at least I could control that one small thing. And organizing a drawer helps organize my thoughts.
As I layout the new bed line and edge it, I wonder what drives me to do this. Maybe it's an underlying hope and a trust that things will get better that spur me on to do something for the future - beyond this in-between moment. Knowing that someone bigger (God) is handling all this is such a relief. But instead of just sitting here waiting for something to happen, it helps to do something positive and hopeful - like designing and planting a garden. Creativity can be therapeutic, so perhaps God will use it as a way through and eventually out of this maze.
Do you ever feel like you are waiting? Like you are stuck in the in-between? Yesterday I read a post by author Kaitlyn Bouchillon that beautifully captures what it feels like:
"An ampersand (&) is the sign for 'and', a connection between two things. It goes right in the middle & keeps the story going. So often we try to rush through the messy or mundane middle & turn the page, hurrying to the ending . . . The truth is, most of our days are somewhere in between . . .
Hope & heartache
Joy & stress
Grief & delight
Anticipation & disappointment
The list could go on & on because we live our days in the tension of the Already & the Not Yet."
Kaitlyn goes on to say even when we walk through the "and of sickness & healing, of hope & disappointment, of trusting & waiting, doubting & believing, it's messy. And it's good, in its own way, because it's here in the ampersand that . . . God's goodness doesn't waver or run out . . . it's the thread running all the way through, leaving fingerprints on every page of the story."
It's in the waiting that I'm finding some peace & contentment - most days. I'm learning to trust God without borders, to be grateful for small things, to pray big, and to wait on his timing. He is good, all the time.
That last one is easy to say, but hard to believe at such times. But it is a truth to cling to: God IS good, all the time. His goodness doesn't waver. How do I know this? Even in this messy middle, blessings abound. And friends, YOU are among those blessings! My heart swells and overflows with gratitude for each of your prayers, kind words, and thoughtful actions. What a comfort to know that we don't walk alone and that He walks with us and ahead of us each step of the way.
So here's to messy middles . . .
. . . to community,
. . . to new gardens,
. . . to hope,
. . . to new mornings and new mercies.
9/10/2022 08:01:25 pm
I’m loving your shop, Tracy, and the artists you bring in for classes.
9/11/2022 06:30:56 pm
I've got you added! So fun to have you here yesterday!
9/11/2022 04:56:49 am
I would like to be on your birthday list. My birthday month is October. Thank you
9/11/2022 06:31:28 pm
Will do! Have a great week!
9/11/2022 05:33:39 am
Thank you for your beautiful inspirational thoughts Tracy. God is good...and today will be an in-between day with the rain that has come in-between some last of summer beautiful days!
9/11/2022 06:30:06 pm
Done! Have a great week ahead!
9/11/2022 05:45:21 am
Thank you for this reminder and encouragement!
9/11/2022 01:36:35 pm
Thank you for this post Traci. It was exactly what I needed to be reminded of. 🌷
9/11/2022 06:28:01 pm
I'm so glad. Praying you find peace and contentment in the waiting.
9/13/2022 12:37:43 pm
I enjoy your newsletter and blog. I hope to explore your "autumn" shop soon. I don't remember if I signed up for your birthday list. Mine is March 4th. Happy Fall!
10/3/2022 06:36:05 am
I find myself in the messy middle right now, and your words are a lovely reminder that God is good and present. Lots of changes going on around me—not to mention the seasonal change!—and some days it's hard to let go of control. Thank you for your insight. :)
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Hi, I'm Tracy - horticulturist, beauty-seeker, Word-lover, and blessed to be the owner of Bella Botanica. I also love to write about plants, gardening, and about my faith journey. Thanks for reading!