A Long Pause…The Hiatus


Have you ever been there? To the Isle of Hiatus? Surrounded by water without bridges to the past and the bridges heading into the future are not yet completed. So, it’s island life. It isn’t a bad thing, just different.

Presently, you are most likely on a hiatus, also. One you did not script. In one way or another, you are.

This pandemic, the reactions and interventions individually and collectively have placed us all on some sort of hiatus.

A hiatus is any interruption or break in our normal, fluid lives and the continuity it inserts into our lives; a disruption of our daily life, its work, series, actions, roles, and a reverberation from each of these changes.

We’ve all had these seasons of pause into transition, with births of kiddos, changes in jobs, education, business, family dynamics and needs, health, focus, deaths, opportunities, and interests.

About four years ago I started replacing my time with other things and people.

I met my husband, Jack. I fell in love. Love and relationships can be quite disruptive. (I smile here!) My focus changed. I started working on project after project with Jack. Many days from sun up to sun down. I worked arduously and kept inordinately busied.

Changes bring us in to unsettled spots. We are in transition. Transition is not always adventurous but more like hard, and difficult work.

I made some mistakes. I never gave myself time to write. My creative thinking and literal walking with God, changed. The projects and type of work I did consulting were put on hold and in my mind, better left to others as I was in a new space and time.

Relationships changed. I felt estranged from some friends, family, and those I worked with in non profits as well as business groups. I fell away from much of my “tribe.”

Sometimes it feels like things like this are forever, and that brings grief. But in all actuality there are seasons of times, seasons which prepare, which plant, which harvest, and give rest.

It is hard to trust the seasons to do their jobs.

I can bring impatient.
I drank more coffee but had less time for “coffee.”
Priorities had changed. Yet, strangely, even though I was letting go of so much known, I knew I had to–like it wouldn’t work to try to hold on to past ways. Like doors were closing and funneling me into different directions. So much good was happening yet it was amidst a season of much loss and change during this transition time (loved ones passing was especially hard).

Enough about me and fragments of my story.

Let’s jump to you!

Have you found yourself in hiatus status and wondering when it will be time to go back or to move into something new. Do you feel like you aren’t ready. Like it is all a bit riskier?

Interruptions in life, especially those not “planned” by us, can be scary. It can feel as if things are out of control, and maybe they are: out of “our” control.

You know, this is where faith in God’s sovereignty, His plans and ability to work in our lives brings hope and solace–and direction.

Aren’t we all in a time when we must acknowledge life is out of our control? Maybe that is okay because God has not abandoned us; He still has a future for us, a vision, a plan.

He is holding that plan. He is entrusting you with it.

Do you have a vision or a seed of a vision? Seeds do grow when they are planted and cultivated. Trust the timing.

My personal hiatus is coming into a transition. I won’t be doing any about faces, racing to what was but rather trusting God for what will be. His purposes and plans for you and me are good. They are meant for an expansion of what God has put into you to do–and to be.

The world needs you and me.

Take Hope with you into the future. If you need someone to work with, I am back in business. If you need a helper via a workbook, I suggest you pick up my book, get busy, and enjoy the process along the way.


5 thoughts on “A Long Pause…The Hiatus

  1. Annette,

    Hi….this is a beautiful blog!

    I don’t know if this is something you would be interested in or able to do currently but could we meet once it is safe to go out? Coffee, lunch…anywhere you choose…..my treat. Do you still have your office?

    Basically, I just need some ideas to stir my soul…..I have always wanted to write nothing profound…..even just journaling can be a challenge.

    I would love to hear your ideas about how you were able to get your weight off and keep it off. I would love to hear some tricks for just taking pictures.

    After all these years, I realize I am restless to be all that God wants me to be. I am not depressed…..just restless. I feel the seasons are changing and I want to take some time to myself each day to soak in all of God’s goodness. I have time on my hands, perhaps too much. I am digging out of 25.5 years in my home and am trying to get into a minimalist mindset. I am trying to finish our taxes in the next week or two. Bob is working on his “collection” but is still working at home so I am cutting him slack😎

    So anytime this summer that is convenient. Bob is perfectly content in the stay at home orders. He is an introvert and proud of it. I am more social, and in semi-retirement, I am loving staying at home and having him home….but he needs me to occupy my time as scram at times.

    I am like you…..friendships have changed and of course, we know they will. I haven’t been in a church home in two years. I am planning on visiting New Hope West when the churches open up again. I do like New Hope on Sat nights.

    I want to pay you……

    I am content, just restless. I am blessed beyond measure. But there is always room for improvement. I have loved and respected you since we met, I am so very happy for you, that you found love again .

    If you need to say no, please know that it is a not a worry for me.

    Many blessings,


    541-912-3394 mhohenberger@gmail.com

  2. Thank you Annette

    (Anita, thank you for taking time to read this blog post. I hope it spoke to as the thoughts did me. Blessings, Annette)

  3. I love you and your heart, my friend, Annette. And I miss you! This season has been a continuation of our previous season…CHANGE! But I see Gods hand and His great love for us demonstrated as we continue to focus forward, move forward and believe forward. Things aren’t all that we want them to be (who likes such an extended quarantine and separation from all you love??) but we choose to believe they are good. Leaning hard into the heart of Jesus means I have to stay close to Him, snuggle deeper so that my spiritual ears can hear His heartbeat. I so desperately want to hear it, hear Him and His words. I want desperately to come out of this season TRANSFORMED by the Holy Spirit, a different person…like one who goes into boot camp and comes out buff and strong. “Lord, let it be!” Love and miss you, my friend! Can we meet together soon?? Your adoring friend forever…LH

    Sent from my iPad


  4. Annette thanks for the inspiration to just be content with where God has us at the moment, yet to be listening. BTW, I see you are a photographer but do you take your own self portraits? I love the picture on this post!

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