Transition. It feels like a common theme that is happening in lives all around me. It actually feels like an event that is occurring corporately that's unfolding many places. This includes my own life. In fact, I feel as if the past two years of my life have been a giant transition season of sorts. Whether it's a physical move, a change of job, or a new phase of life, transition is real.
What do I mean by real? Let's say that it isn't always smooth sailing. With it can come a plethora of emotions, a mix of joy and uncertainty. There's excitement in the newness, and possibly dreams for what it will look like. Then, there's perhaps a touch of fear or doubt that creeps in, even thoughts like, "Did I make the right decision?" As I journey through transition, I have felt encouraged by God that we need not be afraid to address or realize these thoughts and emotions in our hearts. In fact, the presence of God is the safest place to process transition and ask questions. We can ask away, because God is a God of clarity, and even if that clarity may not come at the moment we want it, it always comes when we need it.
Over the past few weeks, I have encountered God being very specific with me as I have asked Him questions about vision and calling. As He amazed me with the clarity of His response, I am now convinced more than ever that God longs to champion us and lead us out of ambiguity and into certainty. But, I think the greatest certainty He longs for us to know unshakably in our hearts is that He Himself is certain. He can be trusted. If we trust that God has the best intentions in mind for our lives, we can trust Him when He leads us into new ventures and in and out of transition seasons, because He Himself is clear and certain. He knows where we are heading, so that even if we cannot discern with our spirits or see with our eyes where we are going, we know it's somewhere good with reasons and plans far beyond our understanding. We can know that the fog will lift and we will find ourselves standing on ground prepared for us by the Father with care and intention, because that's how He leads our lives: intentionally.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10, NASB)
So, if you find yourself in transition, take heart. You can rest in God, because it WILL be good. It is ok to feel the emotions that are attached, whether joy or ache. Bring them all before the Father and allow Him to bring clarity, comfort, and vision to your new season. Take great comfort in knowing that in God's presence, you and I are completely safe. It is here we are fully known, fully understood, and fully loved. I am learning I don't have to be afraid to ask the same questions or be fearful towards what I feel. It's when hesitate that things become messy. I believe God is longing for open communication between us and Him, and He is longing to affirm us and champion us as we move forward.
May you experience the kindness of the Father and the strength of the Holy Spirit as you step. And if fear does try and come knocking on the door of your heart, remember, God has already gone before you, and He is also your rear guard. You're surrounded on every side. In Christ, you've got this. ;)
"The LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. (Deuteronomy 31:8, NASB)"
"But you will not leave in haste or go in flight; for the LORD will go before you, the God of Israel will be your rear guard." (Isaiah 52:12, NIV)