During my time of devotion and as I was writing down in my journal the word TRANSITION kept popping in my head. I finished my time of devotion and went about my day and the word TRANSITION kept popping into my head. Now I must tell you that my devotional today had nothing to do with transitions, but I couldn’t shake this word.
When this happens I usually pause and ask God to tell me what I need to know about a particular word. So I paused and asked God and God instructed me to look up the meaning of the word TRANSITION. At first I didn’t find anything that jumped out at me. I was prompted to look again but this time scroll all the way down and I read the final definition and I began to scream. This is what God was trying to show me today!
transition- an abrupt change in energy state or level (as of an atomic nucleus or a molecule) usually accompanied by loss or gain of a single quantum of energy
I am a 6th grade Science teacher so the terminology in this definition spoke to me clearly and I hope that what I learned today will help you if you find yourself in the process of transition.
Have you ever been going through life and you were comfortable with how things were? You had been living with the way things were for some time now and got accustomed to your life; your house, your job, your relationships and your financial situation and then BOOM all of a sudden something ABRUPTLY CHANGES!!!
Have you ever been at work and a phone call changed your life forever?
Have you ever received a letter in the mail and it changed the way you lived, the way you thought and the way you viewed God?
Have you ever gotten a report from the doctor that changed the way you saw your future?
If you have never experienced ABRUPT CHANGE in your life than this post may not be for you. However, if you have KEEP READING, this will bless you!
I can pin point the many moments in my life where all of a sudden I was thrusted into a season of transition.
My first big moment of transition was when my parents divorced, the next was when I found out I was pregnant with my daughter one semester before I was supposed to graduate from college, another was when my boyfriend proposed (now he is my husband), another when I left my full time ministry position to go back into the classroom, another was when I got married, and another was the time my father had a catastrophic stroke. The seasons of transitions can easily be pin pointed in your life because of the level of trauma or excitement it may have caused you.
If I think long enough I can remember exactly where I was and what I was wearing when the transition started. Take a moment and think about all the times your life abruptly changed.
Did the moments of transition in your life come up in your mind?
Were you able to remember how you felt, what you were doing or who you were with?
Did your mind began to wonder to how you dealt with those times and seasons in your life?
Keep Reading God spoke to me today and I believe it will bless you!
The definition of transitions I mentioned above spoke about a transition being and abrupt change in energy. I can remember getting the test results back and the nurse telling me I was indeed pregnant. My energies immediately plummeted. My whole body reacted to the news in a way that caused the nurses and doctor to be concerned about my well being.
Transition is not only abrupt (without warning) but it can also affect your energy levels also known as your faith. Some transitions are so traumatic that you can waver and if not lose your faith and hope.
Can I pause to encourage you that all hope is not lost in transition, in fact transition is the very thing God uses to develop and prepare us for the advancement of His Kingdom. Transition is also the thing God uses to move us from one dimension to another. Transition has the capacity to move you from poverty to prosperity, failure to faith, trial to triumph. It has the capacity to move you from bitterness to forgiveness, loss to gain and like Moses and the people if Israel from Egypt to the Promised Land.
The second part of that definition I presented earlier was not only does transition happen without warning and effects your energy levels but it is also usually accompanied by loss or gain.
This is the part of transition that many of us try to avoid at all cost. No one wants to lose anything. I remember when I got pregnant the last thing I wanted to lose was my freedom of being a college student (good times), my body aka figure, my apartment, my friends, and my life as I knew it. But with that transition I had to lose some of those things to prepare to give birth. During my season of transition I did not experience all loss. I stuck it out and kept my faith and hope in God, believing that His word to never leave me nor forsake (Deuteronomy 31:6) was in fact true! I gained tremendously. I gained a beautiful daughter who has brought such joy and love in my life. I also gained a tenacity to finish school with Honors (Magna Cumme Laude). I gained a passion to serve God and accept my calling to preach the gospel. I gained a high level of responsibility because I now had to care for another human being. I gained strength and a prayer life.
See, many times if we do not quit during the part of transition that requires us to lose something and some people we will learn to understand that the loss was a set up for us to gain.
I am currently in the middle of a transition, one of the biggest transitions to date might I add. And I must admit I had lost hope some days and my faith wavered. I got weary in pushing through and keeping the faith because transition is HARD! Transition can be lonely, scary, and sometimes real ugly. And because transition comes without warning most times you can feel unprepared and caught off guard by it. Here I was thinking life was going one way and BAM now I am being transitioned another way. Did I mention without warning? (insert rolling eyes emoji)
And just when I was about to give it all up THE HOPE DEALER (Jesus) showed up and provided me with more hope. I am writing today to let you know that if you would just call on Jesus, the one who has all hope He will come. Not only will He come He will strengthen your faith to keep moving. He will comfort you through the time of loss and He will assure you that you will gain again.
Losing something or someone is never easy but I believe now more than ever that what God has for me and my family will be better than anything or anyone I lost during this time of transition.
If you are going through a time of transition and you didn’t understand why it came and you may have even felt like it came to kill you I want you to know THIS WILL NOT KILL YOU! This is not an attack but a season of transition. This came abruptly and you may have felt unprepared or ill equipped but you have the precious blood of Jesus working on your behalf. You have an all powerful and all knowing God who will never leave you nor forsake you.
Pray this prayer with me today:
Lord, thank you for allowing me to understand this season of transition a littler bit better today. I believe you to be my helper and I thank you for keeping and helping me during this season of transition. Lord forgive me for complaining during this season, forgive me Lord for wavering in my faith. Lord your word says that faith pleases you so I activate my faith today and I believe that this season of transition will not kill me. Lord through my faith I also know that You Lord are working it all out for my good. Lord I call forth the divine north winds to blow in my direction. North winds of transition as you take me from one level to another. Blow North winds of transition that during this season when I will experience some loss that I will also understand that I will gain more. More of Your presence and more of Your power is my desire Lord. Thank you Lord for hearing and receiving my prayer. In Jesus Name It is so and so it is Manifest!