Transition is not an easy thing.
For the last few months, life from all angles has been in transition for my family.
From moving houses. To moving programs around at church. Transition in relationships. Summer to fall. You get the point.
There are lots of transitions and lots of shifting in the works.
A revelation recently hit me on a walk with a friend, that transitions are a major part of life that we are not trained in.
It may ruffle the feathers.
Likely to turn things upside down a bit.
You may even have to ask someone to help you, while you are stuck in the middle of it.
While walking with my friend, the sun was rising over the bay. Slowly, the darkness consuming the sky started to fade away. As the sun peeked over the horizon line, it occurred to me that despite this season of transition; everything was going to be fine.
Transition is something we all experience throughout our entire lives.
Transition can be something as quick as a shift in the gear of a car, or drawn out over an extended period of time.
Wherever we find ourselves during the “in-between” becomes a crucial opportunity where we can allow God to lead.
As I let my gaze be captivated by His creation, savoring a new day’s sunrise, I saw birds and dolphins, and all kinds of life.
It’s in these moments, when I finally surrender and actually let God lead, that the transitions I’m going through don’t seem to be as daunting.
Although there have been dark moments I’ve experienced during this “in-between”, I’ve also become acquainted with new parts of my being.
I’ve learned that responding and reacting are two different things. There is power in the pause, a sacred time for regrouping.
This time in between can muddy the waters and make the constant things in life harder to see. Rest assured that although the future may not be clear, God is still providing.
It’s in these holy moments, like the one on my walk, where God reminds us to keep giving it all we’ve got.
Though our schedule is in shambles and we are juggling an uprooted routine, we put our faith in the hands of our Heavenly King.
So I’ll leave you with this, an encouraging word, one that calms the seas of transition better than anything I’ve ever heard.
From Philippians 4, verses 5-8, God paints a picture that no self-help book could ever paint. The scripture says,
“5 Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.[a]
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”
Keep your eyes peeled for all the good things, and may your season of transition be filled with glimmers of peace.
Local Pulse Staff Writer & Holy Moments Columnist, Makenna Curtis