Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12
As a parent, you know very well how impatient kids can be. They want their birthday to be NOW, or for Gramma to come TODAY. And how can you forget those long road trips with the kids in the back constantly asking, “are we there yet?”
But our children are not the only ones who become impatient. Every one of us travels through life with an inner child in the backseat who is impatient for things to happen.
In the book Miracle in the Middle, author Charlotte Gambill says that our inner child in the backseat is an impatient passenger that dwells within us as we travel our paths, pursuing the destinations we believe we’ve been called to discover. As we travel those paths, we often get impatient and feel stuck in a certain situation or season, and sometimes those stuck seasons are really hard. It feels like we will never reach our end goal. No one likes the feeling of being stuck in the middle of something unpleasant or hard.
Perhaps you are in one of those seasons now.
Your child’s having a hard year in school because of a teacher and you are both counting the days until it’s over. You’re going through a hard time at work and it seems like it will never end.
Everyone’s stuck seasons differ. Some are for a few days or weeks, some for months or years. We are anxious to be out of this uncomfortable middle season, but sometimes we have no choice but to wait it out.
Here’s the deal: the journey of any dream or plan will be filled with many highs and lows, but when we trust in the process, every stage can be useful and instructive, even the ones where we feel stuck and like nothing good is happening.
As Gambill puts it, We are not given a fast pass to jump the part of the process we like the least. Unfortunately, the entire process is needed in order for us to reach the end goal.
When you or your child feel stuck in the middle, look for the lessons. Don’t waste this invaluable growth opportunity by constantly looking “to arrive.”
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