It happened in a tight thirty-minute window between two appointments.

The first appointment arrived at my house at 11:15 a.m. The second appointment would begin at 11:45, over Skype.

That’s when the pipe burst. A tiny, half-inch tube transporting water from a hot water reservoir up through the dispenser on our kitchen sink. First, a loud hissing sound. Then, steam filling the air and a pool of water covering our hardwood floors.

It took less than twenty minutes to empty the cabinet beneath the sink, turn off the water valve, grab a pile of towels and start cleaning. But the damage was done. Hardwood floors and indoor lakes don’t go well together.

Then, I was off to my office to do a Skype interview. With author Jeff Goins. About his book, The In-between: Embracing the Tension Between Now and the Next Big Thing.

Oh, the irony.

Moments of breakthrough are not where life’s greatest transformation happens; the stuff that God uses to shape us often lies in the in-between. It’s the bus stops and layovers and DMV lines and moments of unintentional pause that force us to become better people.

That’s not to say there aren’t moments of epiphany. There are. It’s just that most of us find ourselves living somewhere in the in-between. Learning to live in this tension, to be content in these moments of waiting, may be our greatest struggle…and our greatest opportunity to grow.

A life isn’t so much built in the important appointments and flashy productions. It’s crafted in the tight in-between when a flood takes over your kitchen.

Welcome, Jeff Goins.

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