This is a post I wrote in 2008. I believe it is applicable right now. God’s words are alive and active.

Transition

(1.18.08)

Webster’s defines it as “a movement, passage, or change from one position, state, stage, subject, concept, etc., to another.”  Simply stated and very accurate.  We can all relate, I am sure.  As I continued reading through the definitions given by Webster, I came upon this one … “the period during childbirth that precedes the expulsive phase of labor, characterized by strong uterine contractions and nearly complete cervical dilation.”  AHA!  That’s more like it.  Sounds painful, doesn’t it?  The first definition, although true, seemed to minimize what I am experiencing during this season of my life.  The last one, on the other hand, hit the nail on the head!  Although I have never given birth, I can tell you that I have definitely experienced this type of “transition.”  In fact, I am in it as we speak.  The only difference is that something is being birthed in the spirit rather than in the natural.  What exactly, you ask, am I birthing?  Well, I’m not sure right now.  God only knows.  And to tell you the truth, I wish He would let me in on it.

I felt compelled to write tonight and share a bit of my journey.  Transition, I am learning, is God’s simple way of testing my faith in Him.  It is His way of pushing and poking in all the WRONG places to see just how far I can bend without breaking.  I’ll be honest … I am amazed at how “flexible” I have become in my Christian walk.  I had NO IDEA that I could bend that far!  Imagine with me a tree … being tossed around by a mighty storm, high winds, torrential rains … bending and twisting in every direction … yet it doesn’t break.  It’s roots run deep.  It’s foundation is solid.  When the storm is over, it may look a little bare.  The leaves may have blown off of it’s branches, and there may even be a few broken limbs here and there, but it still stands!  There will be a period of restoration required before new growth becomes visible, a season of dormancy perhaps, but spring is on it’s way!  The sun will shine again, and the tree will produce NEW fruit!

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I am that tree, and this is hurricane season.  I thought I was done with transitions for a while, but God’s ways are not my ways.  Maybe one day our “ways” will begin to line up somehow, but for now, it’s His way or the highway!  As Frank Sinatra croons, I did it “My Way” for many years, and it was disastrous, to say the least … so now I simply surrender to His will and go with His flow.  Transition.  God’s way of working out the kinks in our flesh.  God’s way of saying “Wait a minute.  You forgot something.”  God’s way of reminding me that I am absolutely NOT all that and a bag of chips.  God has this supernatural way of getting the junk out of our lives, Friends.  Are you aware of this?  If you truly want God’s best for your life, and your heart’s desire is to serve Him, He really will begin the process of making you look more like Jesus every single day.  See, we were CREATED in His image, but somewhere along the way, that image gets absurdly distorted and we look NOTHING like Him at all.  Many of us don’t even recognize the person staring back at us in the mirror at some point in our lives, much less see that person as an image or likeness of GOD.  Hmph.  Notsomuch, huh?  “Who is that woman staring back at me?  What is she doing with her life?  Why is she here?  Who does she think she is and what is she doing in MY body???”  Only God knows.

Good news is … transition is a season … it does not last forever … you can claim victory in the midst of the unknown … you can weather the storm … you absolutely can pass the test … and God will never give you more than you can handle.  It is ultimately His divine way of taking you from glory to glory, elevating you in the spirit, increasing your anointing, teaching you about compassion, building your character, and preparing you for what He wants to do in your life.  Painful?  Yes.  Uncomfortable?  Resounding YES.  Miserable at times?  Most certainly.  Worth it?  Without a doubt.

During this season of transition, God is teaching me so many things … about HIMself and about MYself (not necessarily in that order).  He is teaching me about humility and long-suffering.  He is showing me how to extend HIS grace and mercy to others.  He is reminding me that He is in complete control at all times.  He is allowing me to see that my enemy, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, WAITING for someone to devour.  He is telling me that I cannot EVER let my guard down with Satan.  He is showing me that I am a weak and broken vessel, and that I will ALWAYS need Him.  At the same time, He proves to me time and time again that He loves me just the way I am!  That’s the beauty in all of this, Friends. God is GOOD.  It is His nature.  It is simply who He is.  He never changes.  He never wavers.  He is ALWAYS good.  His grace and mercy are immeasurable, His peace is indescribable, and His faithfulness is unmistakable.  We NEED Him.  We are imperfect, He is perfect.  We are broken, He is whole.  We are weary, He is strong.  We are incapable, He is able.  We are proud, He is patient.  He is everything we are not!  We are lost … and He comes to find us.  Why would we dare to think that He would abandon us in our transition, when He is taking us from glory to glory?  Why would we even entertain the thought?  The joy of the Lord is our strength, right?!?

Well, I’ll tell you why … because we are human … because we have an enemy … because we are NOT perfect … because sometimes life just throws you a big nasty curve ball, and you happen to swing and miss!  It’s OKAY.  Fortunately, God is not playing by the “three strike rule.”  Praise Him for that!  In this season of my life, I have encountered opposition and challenges that are new to me.  God is DIGGING DEEP and uprooting some things that I really wanted to tuck away forever … you know, let the dead dog lie, so to speak.  God does not play by those rules either.  God’s rules are … no dead dogs anywhere … no dead anything anywhere.  Our God is a God of RESURRECTION POWER, and He wants to prove it to us by forcing us to acknowledge what is dead so He can get the glory out of bringing it back to life … breathing His Holy breath into our valley of dry bones.  That, my friends, is what transition is all about.  It is God’s pruning process.  It is His sifting season.  It is His training ground and His classroom.  When God wants to draw you near, He will place you in a season of transition.  What you do with it will determine the next phase of your journey.  Will you pass the test?  Will you trust Him when the going gets tough?  Will you seek Him when you have an option not to?  Will you have FAITH when everything in you says FEAR?  If so, your joy will be complete in Him regardless of what lies on the other side of that open door.

A door serves two purposes, you know.  It allows an opportunity for entrance, and it also allows an opportunity for exit.  In transition, God will always open a door.  He will usher IN those things that are lovely and beautiful and make you look more like Him.  At the same time, He will usher OUT the dead things that cannot go with you as you step out in faith to pursue whatever purpose lies on the other side of that door.  Do you know what a door is?  It is essentially a hole in a wall.  In other words, it is God’s way of helping you maneuver through a wall that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to get around.  Perhaps it’s a wall of shame or guilt, maybe a wall of unforgiveness or heartache.  How about the undeniable wall of fear?  Fear of failure, fear of abandonment, fear of rejection, etc.  Whatever that barrier is that is preventing you from becoming ALL that God created you to be … your wall … EXPECT God to supernaturally open a door and give you an opportunity to move through it. Transition is that door.

Bittersweet transition.  It’s been real, and it’s been fun, but it ain’t been real fun!  One thing is certain … I love Him more today than yesterday.  That, in itself, is proof that I am passing the test.  The Bible reminds us that Satan left Jesus FOR A SEASON (Luke 4:13).  We may as well learn how to be victorious in our transitions … looks like they are simply a part of His plan … and therefore must ultimately, albeit mysteriously, be GOOD for us.

If you say so, God.

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