Transition means change. It indicates that there is something to leave behind and something to look forward to. I don’t mind saying….TRANSITION can be a time of frustration and waiting. It may also be a period of grieving for that which we leave behind. When we do not see the future clearly, our faith is being challenged and our trust in God tested. The good news is; God is FOR us and WITH us. He knows the future and has already mapped out and lined up what needs to take place in order for us to reach our destination.
If you really think about, you’ll see that God gives us time to ADJUST and RELEASE the past. For example: When Jesus told His disciples that He would be leaving them, their hearts were troubled. (John 14:1) After the emotional lows and highs of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, He gave His followers 40 more days of personal fellowship with Him. This time enabled them to adjust so they could release their expectations of the past and to embrace God’s agenda. I love the way Jesus intimately ushered them into their next dimension. Notice in Matthew 28, during the 40 days between His resurrection and ascension, He spent time communing with His followers over meals and at appointed places.
Transition is preparation for the NEW THING God is doing in our lives. Therefore, it is vital to seek God diligently through His word during transition.God’s word will make known to us the necessary steps of action we need in order to help us move forward. Psalms 16:11 says that “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore,” and 2 Timothy 3:16 reminds us that “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the Godly may be competent, equipped for every good work.”
Let’s be honest, in the midst of our transition, we may question God’s plan and wish we could gain wisdom to understand. Proverbs simplifies that for us. It tells us that to find wisdom, we must first FEAR the LORD. The writer of Proverbs is speaking to his son and telling him to trust in God. The passage does not tell us how God will direct our paths, but it says in Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and HE WILL make your path straight.”
Most times when we approach God, we want Him to give us a clear picture of what our lives should be and there is absolutely nothing wrong with this expectation, except God tells us like He told Abraham in Genesis 12, to “Go to a land I will show you (Not a land I have shown you). In Matthew 4:19He told His disciples, “Follow ME and I WILL make you fishers of men.” (Not I have made you fishers of men) the picture actually becomes clearer as we obey and follow.
There are MANY REASONS as to why we miss God in transitions: lack of trust, lack of faith, fear of the unknown, the list is endless. But is it really worth it to miss God in His transitions of our lives because of our own insecurities towards Him, not so much the situation? I believe it is worth the risk to go for it with God and not be afraid of the transitions because God's transitions always leads to transformation. Are you in the midst of a transition and wondering, “What is God’s will?” Are you trusting that God’s will is better than any plan you can imagine, or are you trusting in yourself? Jeremiah 29:11 says, “I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plan to give you a hope and an expected end.”
My friend, trust me, I know transition can be unsettling. It might even be scary, sometimes. It all feels tenuous and unstable. I’m telling you all of this so you’ll see that I’m in the boat with you. I understand that transition can be a difficult season in our lives - I understand it because I’m living it right alongside you. During this season of our lives we are challenged to trust God with our whole heart. We can’t do what God has called us to do by relying on our strength. We need God and the resources He’s given us to help us transition.
Let’s pray: “Heavenly Father, I pray for all my Morning Encouragement Friends. Give every person that is experiencing transition in their lives, the courage to embrace change and walk into their divine destiny. Father we release our fear and our mundane routine and we take hold of the power You’ve given us through your word and your precious son Jesus Christ. I decree and declare that as we trust You through transition that You will release provision for our next level. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen!
One Simple Nugget: “Honor the space between no longer and not yet.”