Finding Faith in Transition
The process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another.
Long before 2020 hit, the tension of transition was strong.
•My business was being transformed, my message was changing along with the changes in my life and I wasn't sure where to take it, what to do with it, and honestly, what the future of Blessed Little Bird would look like...
•Relationships had begun to change all around us. People left, people came. We learned to let go of some and trust others, to create boundaries never formed and open up to others in ways never could before. Connections that had formed over a lifetime were either dissolving or growing, and it made everything look, and feel, different.
•The stirring in my heart for change, something new, an adventure only began to grow, a fresh start and a new chance to find connection and purpose again... but the wait for the release was making me feel more and more weary.
•New restrictions, laws and governing bodies began to force me to rethink how I care for my kids and what compromise truly looked like.
The tension began to run through our home like a water leak in the bathroom, slow and steady, as we all became increasingly agitated and uncertain.
Depression, anxiety, anger, confusion...all began to slowly make its way into the walls of our home, making every single day a battle of the mind, heart, and mostly, against the spirit. Praying out the heavy chains and the enemies attacks.
Loneliness and lost hope started to weed its way into the garden I thought I had tended to so well, slowly overtaking the things that had grown, and were growing...All these things were indescribable to outsiders, the stirring in your spirit that has no explanation...because from the surface, all was well. We were covered by a roof over our heads, food on the table, love for each other, and by the grace of God. What else did we need?
All these things were indescribable to outsiders, the stirring in your spirit that has no explanation
The seasons of transitions are long, even when they are not.
The waiting for a promise you know is coming, may feel like days, months or years away, but the faith we have must be in today, in every minute, every moment. As Saint Augustine once said, "because without faith, we have neither love, or hope."
It must be in every thing, every thought, every action, choice and every prayer, faith that there is something more, that His plans are bigger and better. Even when all feels lost, hopeless and far from anyone's control, if we remain steadfast in faith, we can believe all things are possible.
The tension of transition feels like you are a worn out rope, being pulled between 2 opposing forces, some days one side is stronger than the other, and you can't help but fall against the pressure. But God, and His ever merciful love for us, He says " For I know the plans I have for you, plans for hope and a future."
Yet, I still sit in the midst of the transition, I must make a choice to hold steadfast to the thing that sits patiently on both sides of the rope, behind us and before us, alongside us and within us... God and His unfailing promises.
In this season, or thru seasons past, things may not look the way you thought they would. Your perspective may have shifted, your desires changed, your struggles may have grown, but His promises always remain the same.
I recently purchased this book about transition, called..."The Tension of Transition" by Craig Cooney. If you ever feel like you just cant place what is wrong, what is stirring, what God is creating in you that feels different than what you are used to, get this book. I look forward to diving deeper into this and truly learning about, and embracing, what is coming when I am released to step out of the "here" and into my "promised land."
I know the tension I am feeling has more to do with what I am releasing to Him to no longer carry myself than it does with what I think my plan should be.
It has more to do with healing and restoring and redeeming than it does with finding the next temporary suffice.
And, it has everything to do with His plans for you, and me, which are far more beautiful than anything we could imagine. How can we best embrace the seasons of transition and not give up on His promises for us?
The waiting for a promise you know is coming, may feel like days, months or years away, but the faith we have must be in today, in every minute, every moment, because without faith, we have neither love, or hope.