Another Day in Limbo?

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I’ve been rethinking this whole notion of being in limbo. The above graphic sums up what so many of us feel when we are in transition, between what was and what hasn’t happened yet. There is some truth to this, of course, but my current thoughts are that we are ALWAYS in this state of limbo. It’s just an illusion of control to think we have “arrived” anywhere. There’s always something new around the corner, plus we never know when some kind of tragedy or crisis will strike that will change the trajectory of our lives forever.

As Christians, we often talk about “the now and the not yet” — the Kingdom of God is both at hand and is yet to come. So essentially, we’re always in limbo here on earth. But does that mean we’re stuck in some kind of barren wasteland? Of course not. We’re on a journey — we often call it a “walk” — with Jesus, and will be until we see Him face to face. And even then, I believe there will be all sorts of new adventures for us!

So I’m choosing to reframe this time in my life. I don’t know what I want to call it, but I’m not calling it “limbo.” I’m still on my journey, walking with Jesus, and we’ve taken an interesting detour where I have no idea what the future holds at all. People ask me questions to which I have no answers — When are you moving? Where will you live? What will you do for work? Will you remarry? No idea on all fronts. But what I *do* know is that I don’t need to know any of those things today.

I am more than grateful for how the Lord has helped me in the past 18 months become much more focused on each day as it comes and not think so much about what’s ahead. When I stay present in the now, then each day is very rich and beautiful and challenging and offers me so many opportunities for growth. If I focus too much on the past or the future, then suddenly “now” becomes where I wish I wasn’t; but since God is present in the present, then what I’m essentially saying is I don’t want to be where God is.

*thud*

So no more limbo. Any ideas for what to call it instead?

P.S. Thanks to Mark Heard for the song “Another Day in Limbo.” Listen HERE.

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5 thoughts on “Another Day in Limbo?

    1. Nina Wichman Post author

      LOL…I wasn’t even thinking about purgatory! I’m definintely more Catholic than I’ve ever been; after all, I’m part of an Anglican church now…everything but the Pope and praying to Mary and the saints. 🙂 St. Ignatius of Loyola has been a HUGE influence on me; much of my spiritual director training was based on his stuff and I’m going through “Iggy’s” spiritual exercises with my own spiritual director.

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  1. Lynn Severance

    Sis, I read your posting yesterday, when it was posted but was too scattered in a variety of ways to respond. But I have a word – or a word reconfigured – that fits.

    This is not an original thought from me nor am I sure it is original to my friend, Anastasia who uses it in her speaking engagements ( and her manuscript ) and from whom It was shared with me. Perhaps it is not new to you but it may be a reminder.

    “Nowhere”

    Limbo is often defined as feeling one is “nowhere” – or stuck forever in one place.
    But to live in the present moments – as you described as truly all we have – we then recognize that we are “now here”. That is all we know until He moves us on!

    Nowhere
    Now Here

    Love,
    Sis

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