The In-between.

(This series of devotionals spanned over a three year period of my life. I wrote out of truths that God shared with me throughout every season of this process. I love how he brought this all together and I pray that you will receive encouragement from what he allowed me to experience. Praise His Name!)

I am in an in-between place in my life right now. I'm not here or there. I'm at the half-way mark. At least I hope I am. I'm not sure yet because I can't really see the end or the finish. I know I'm working toward something. I just can't see what the something is. This place is sometimes referred to as the waiting period, the meanwhile time or the in-between. Whatever you'd like to call it I'm there.

The thing is, even though I'm here, there is still plenty to do. There is a ton to learn. There is work to be done. It's just unfortunately the kind of work that is underground. Right now there is no tangible evidence of the work to see and it feels like I'm killing myself for nothing. Can I get a witness?

This is what discourages me. This is what makes it hard. This is why we sometimes quit. The in-between is not fun. Sometimes while we are here we tend to forget that this place is where the Lord is doing the majority of His work.

I was reading John 15 this week. The famous lesson about the vine and branches. I've heard it a million times and you probably have too, but it meant something new to me. A fresh word that I needed to hear in this in-between season. Jesus simply says,

"I am the vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful." John 15:1-2

If you were to look up the pruning process of grapevines (which I did because I'm a nerd and that's how I love to study the Bible) you would learn a whole lot of amazing facts. The most interesting to me is it is a three year process in order for a new vine to have the potential to produce grapes.

Three years! And that is just for the potential for production.

So with this series of devotionals over the in-between, we will examine some words of wisdom from the friendly grape grower at the website to help explain this fa