Today we sold our 8 seater family car and bought a smaller vehicle. This decision has been coming for a while as our older three children are now driving and have cars of their own so we rarely all travel together. However even though it makes perfect sense to “down size” there is still some adjustments and transition to be made, and the feelings and resistance to change that go with any new move.
Transition by definition is the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another. It is often uncomfortable and we can even feel lost when we are faced with such seasons in life. That’s because transition involves change, adjustments and movement.
Even when its something we have been hoping and praying for and it starts to happen, such as meeting someone, getting married, travelling, having children, studying, or stepping into a new role or career path, necessary change to take us to the next phase of our life must occur and these changes can be difficult. They force us from the familiar and into the unknown and if we are not being self-aware we can resist or feel very unsure and hesitant about what we are going through and whether we even want to “go there”.
To help us transition its helpful to identify why we may be feeling resistant and take time to face these concerns. Often it’s just feeling like we don’t know what is going to happen next, and wanting to stay in our comfort zone rather than face the challenge of transition and the unknown. Other reasons for resistance can be holding onto things, such as for example our family car, because of sentimentality reasons. Sometimes we would rather live in yesterday’s familiar than step into what God has for us next.
Transition however is an inevitable part of life. It’s something we must learn to accept as graciously as possible. It’s helpful to also remember that God is in the midst of all our lives if we allow Him to be. He knows the end from the beginning and everything in between, and He only wants the best for us. If He changes or adjusts something it is so He can get something good to us. So instead of fighting the transition process He encourages us to look at the positives, embrace the process, move forward and keep going until we are on steadier ground.
Today if you are facing, or are in the midst of transition take some time to examine your concerns and talk to God about them. Then choose to look for the positives in the changes you are facing, knowing that when you put God in charge of the steps you take He will safely guide you through every change, transition and adjustment you’ll ever have to go through, whilst getting you securely to the other side.
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens”. (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
“The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” (Psalm 18:2)
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:19)
Prayer: Lord please help me to trust you with every season of my life and the inevitable transitions I must go through. I want to keep growing and moving forward so please help me to look for the positives and keep going even when it gets hard or I feel out of my comfort zone. In Jesus name Amen