missionary life

Living in Limbo

chair at houseOur walls are bare. I find no use in putting up pictures if they will only be taken down again in a few months. We sit on unfamiliar furniture that has been loaned to us by gracious family and friends. We drive one friend’s vehicle one week and then maybe another family member’s the next week. Nothing is ours. We are living in limbo.

The Oxford Dictionary defines limbo as an uncertain period of awaiting a decision or resolution; an intermediate state or condition. That is where we find ourselves now: waiting for God to confirm to us where He would have us to be next. Have you ever played Limbo? It is the game where a bar is held and you bend backwards to pass under the bar. I’d much rather be doing that kind of limbo than this limbo.

Yet there are blessings in limbo:

-the provision of a small apartment to rent instead of having to live out of a suitcase at a family member’s or friend’s house.

-a vehicle to drive instead of having to rely on others to get us places.

-the provision of furniture, appliances and dishes from others so that we didn’t have to purchase very much.

Right now those are material blessings but I know that one day I will be able to write of the spiritual blessings of this limbo period as well. For now though my desire to know our future and be impatient with God outweighs the spiritual growth, that “good” that Romans 8:28 talks about. As that passage continues His word tells us His goal is to conform me to the image of His Son (Rom. 8:29). The Bible is filled with many examples of those who had to wait on the Lord. I pray that I would be found as faithful as those saints of old.

Have you ever lived in limbo? How did you handle it?

2 thoughts on “Living in Limbo”

  1. We were in “limbo” as you call it for a month after our wedding, due to unforeseen health problems (me) and job loss (hubby)! No home, no jobs, and a car that worked when it felt like it. It’s hard – but I know you will see God’s provision in amazing ways as you work through this time! He is always faithful to care for His children!

  2. If you think about it, as a believer … our lives are in ‘limbo’ in the sense that we wait too….we wait for the coming of Christ in full reign. I never have felt like I belonged anywhere on this earth, fully. because I don’t 🙂

    In the earthy sense that you mean, oh yes…everyone has many limbo seasons in their life and the living of it. yes, sister, we do understand. We all have only to trust and wait in whatever it is we are in wait for, whether here and now or in the heavens.

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