Transition: The process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another.
When we witness the transition of a bud turning into a bloom, we are in awe of the beauty found in each stage of the process. And we’re not so different than those blooms. Growing into our fullness can sometimes feel like stretching and groaning. The opening up and reaching out requires grit and trust. We wrestle as we wait for external circumstances that our outside of our control to cause the growth, but yet, we find peace because we know there is a trustworthy One who signals when it is time to shift. He takes the time and intention to make sure each flower blooms and each blade of grass grows.
••Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?•• Matthew 6:28-30
And yet, transition isn’t easy. When things shift and move from one state to another it causes discomfort and even sometimes pain. The most painful part of labor, when the female body is shifting from 7cm to 10cm to create an opening for the beginning of the baby’s descent, is the time that is referred to as “transition”. New life is entering the world and shifts and change occur in order to make room for that to happen. It is not without pain, but that pain is not wasted. It is unto something.
Transitions in our life often precede something new, evidence of new life. But transition also involves leaving what was. There is room for it to be good and hard all at the same time. So in the good and the hard and everything in between, let’s remember that we serve a God whose plans for us are good. When we declare that truth over our lives we are more aptly prepared to identify where He is already at work on our behalf.
•• The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.•• Psalm 145:9
So I’m opening my hands and my heart to release and let go so that I make room to receive and grab hold of what is to come. My hope is that you will find the courage to do the same.