By David Baudoin, Life Counseling
Our lives are a culmination of the process of transition, leaving one season, one location, one tribe and entering another. We leave the womb and enter infancy, we leave infancy and enter childhood, we leave childhood and enter adolescence, and so it goes through life. Eventually, we leave earth and enter into eternity. Most people see no correlation between the process of leaving and entering yet the truth is it is totally intertwined: how you leave determines how you enter.
Though some people fear transition we need to realize that transition is a normal part of life and a key to the process of growth. I also believe that as Christ-followers we should see transition differently than others. It’s not just a move, just another job, another group of friends; it’s God walking us into the plans He has for us.
- Remember God is always at work and He’s working for our benefit.
Throughout Scripture we see God moving people in order to accomplish His will in their lives but also to advance His kingdom. When we said “yes” to God, we became part of His kingdom and the kingdom has a king. God isn’t just a king, He’s a good king that wants good for those in the kingdom. When it comes to transition we have to have a kingdom perspective, God is at work, which will benefit us but will also benefit others even though we can’t see it from our limited perspective.
Deuteronomy 31:8 reminds that God not only goes before us but He also goes with us, never forsaking us. That’s why Moses concludes the verse saying, “Do not be afraid and do not be discouraged.” God is always at work and He’s always working things out for our good, which takes us to our next thought.
- Remember to obey even when God doesn’t reveal everything.
One of my favorite Scriptures for transition is Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
In the gospels we see Jesus giving instructions that made no sense. There is no logic in filling six water pots with water and bringing a taste of that water to the master of the ceremony, when the need is wine. It makes no sense for Jesus to tell His disciples to distribute a little boy’s lunch of a few loaves and fish when you’re looking at ten to fifteen thousand hungry people. It doesn’t make sense unless your instructions come from Jesus who has the ability to bring much from little and take what no one else values and use it to bless so many. He did this in our lives through the gift of salvation, He’s not done with us and if we can trust Him with our eternity we can trust Him with this transition.
- Remember God is always looking at the finished product.
If you’ve ever watched an artist you might admit that what they’re creating doesn’t look like much and at times doesn’t even look very good until you see the finished product, then you realize they saw it all along. How many times have I questioned God or told Him how I thought something should be done, only to sit back and remind myself that I could’ve saved myself a lot of anxiety if I had only trusted the artist. This is why Ephesians 2:10 tells us, “We are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (NLT) Trust the Artist in transition, knowing you too will be able to say He knew what He was doing all along.