The In-Between

Anna Marie Magyar Personal Development, Resources 1 Comment

I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.” -Psalm 130:5 (NIV)

It is in those moments, the chaos of the still in-between where you’re not where you were, yet not where you want to be, that the Lord does some of the most miraculous, beautiful things.

I can attest to the Lord’s faithfulness to fulfill all of His promises to me. However, I can also attest to the Lord being faithful to work in His own timing. That means some things take longer than I may like them to, causing a struggle and tension between where I am and where I want to be. It’s the waiting season. What are some of the things you are waiting on? Grad school acceptance? Financial aid? A future husband or wife? A restored relationship? Your coffee to be finished brewing?

It is very easy to feel discouraged, frustrated, or be inactive during the waiting season. However, I believe that in this beautiful struggle of the in-between is found an invaluable time with the Lord that if we would be open, the Lord could do something He would be unable to do at any other point in time.

So, what do we do in this still-waiting season? Think of Joseph. Joseph was given two dreams from the Lord (Genesis 37:5-11) that one day he would come into a position of great power and authority, so much so that his mother, father, and brothers would bow before him.  Before the dream came to be true, Joseph was rebuked by his father, betrayed by his brothers, sold as a slave, thrown into prison, and more. These things all occurred during Joseph’s waiting season.

Joseph very easily could have become frustrated with God, questioned the dreams he was given, refused to honor the Lord during this time, or walked away from God completely. The temptations to do so were certainly there.

Yet, Joseph chose to believe in who his God was and His promises rather than in the chaos surrounding him. As Joseph pressed through, remained faithful, and continued to honor the Lord, God began to show Himself to be sovereign and faithful in ways Joseph would not have seen if he had not endured the waiting season (Genesis 42:6-Fulfillment of the dreams).  

I don’t believe that our Lord just allows seasons of our lives to pass by unnecessarily. I don’t believe that He brings us through the waiting without purpose, or to leave us disappointed, discouraged, or disheartened. No, rather I believe He brings us through these seasons to show us something, to teach us something, to reveal more of His character, or to help us grow. Although the waiting season can be challenging, if we are willing, God will use them for our good (Romans 8:28).

I’m prayerful that you will see the Lord’s faithfulness in each season. I encourage you to, like Joseph, remain prayerful, honorable to the Lord, and not to standstill, but to utilize this time to see God be faithful, close to you and so very compassionate.

He’s in the waiting.

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Anna Marie Magyar

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Wife. Cat mom. Lover of Jesus, coffee, and all things Disney. I was a student leader in my BASIC group at the College of St. Rose and have continued to help out with the group after graduating.

Baby learning to crawl. Don't give up.

Don’t Give Up

Chris Zeigler Advisors & Student Leaders, Leadership, Personal Development 0 Comments

I remember, not so long ago, when my children were babies and learning to crawl. With each one their determination was impressive. I’d watch as they wiggled to get their legs underneath their body, then as they struggled to do a mini baby push up to lift themselves into position.

Just that alone was quite the workout and it took time for them to build up the necessary muscles so they could hold that position. I crawled around the floor of our living room demonstrating to them how to move your arms and legs.

The next few days (or weeks) was a combination of grunting noises, lots of drool, time spent cheering them on and too much crying. But they didn’t give up. Sure, they got tired at times and collapsed out of exhaustion, but after a rest they would come back just as determined as before to figure this thing out.

Over time, they learned how to put together the right motions to get going on their own. When that happened it was an exciting day in our home as we cheered them on. Some time later we would repeat the process as they learned to walk. With another daughter on the way this summer I look forward to being a part of this process again.

Sometimes college ministry can be like learning to crawl. It takes so much effort to feel like you’re getting your legs under you, just to collapse in exhaustion.

It’s frustrating when you’ve labored in prayer and planning to see only 5 people show up to an event. It’s challenging when students fight with each other over petty issues. It can be hard to pick yourself back up just as determined when that student you poured your time into turned against the ministry and spread false rumors about you around campus.

As we come to the end of the school year you might be wondering if you can still do college ministry. You might feel like you’ve got nothing left in you. You might feel like no one is cheering you on. But remember that you’re making an impact and the enemy will do anything he can to stop you.

Just like a father cheering on a baby trying to crawl, your Father is cheering you on. Don’t give up just because it’s a struggle.

Don’t let discouragement stop you. Don’t let exhaustion beat you. Take a break and get away. But then, come back more determined than ever to reach the goals God has given you. With the muscles you’ve developed and the things you’ve learned you’ll find yourself making progress.

You’ll know how to handle the students who gave you trouble. How to encourage the ones who struggle with building friendships. How to bring victory to those who thought they couldn’t get over an addiction.

Just like a baby needs to go from crawling to walking, you’ll face more challenges. But when you do you’ll have experience to take them head on and you’ll see new growth as a result.

Don’t give up. There’s lives He wants you to touch. He’s put you on that campus for a reason and He has plans to advance His Kingdom there!

 

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Chris Zeigler

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Chris Zeigler is the Assistant Director of BASIC. He was a student leader with BASIC at the SUNY Oswego campus and has never lost his heart for college students since then. He and his wife, Cheryl, have started BASIC groups at three colleges in NY. Outside of work you can hear him talking about his reluctant love for the Oakland Raiders, see him using his iPhone to get "the perfect shot" to feed his love for photography and playing with his adorable kids.

About the Author

Chris Zeigler

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Chris Zeigler is the Assistant Director of BASIC. He was a student leader with BASIC at the SUNY Oswego campus and has never lost his heart for college students since then. He and his wife, Cheryl, have started BASIC groups at three colleges in NY. Outside of work you can hear him talking about his reluctant love for the Oakland Raiders, see him using his iPhone to get "the perfect shot" to feed his love for photography and playing with his adorable kids.