As I write this, we have packing boxes all over our house. We’ll be moving out next week, putting our stuff in storage, traveling in August and starting a new job in September. In light of these transitions, it felt like the perfect time to write a blog post on how to move through seasons of transition with courageous faith rather than crumbling in fear and doubt. Seasons of change provide a wonderful opportunity for personal growth in our lives.
Psalm 23, is perhaps the most well loved psalm in all of scripture. Last night, as I went to sleep I was mediating on these words from David’s famous “shepherd song”, “He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul. He guides me in the paths of righteousness” (Psalm 23:2-3). Looking at those words from David, I’m declaring some statements over my life as I move through this transition. These are statements you can make over your life as well:
- God goes before, behind, above and beneath me. He’s the one leading me through this transition and His presence goes with me. At no moment of this journey will I be alone. He will continually be with me through the changes.
- I trust You, Lord. When there are boxes all over my house and stuff is being stored in a variety of places, it’s easy for me to feel out of control. But, I learned a long time ago, God doesn’t want me in control. He continually wants to provide new opportunities for me to trust His sovereign control of my life. He is a good God. He loves me and is for me and not against me. By reminding myself moment by moment that God is both good and in control, I find renewed strength to face uncertainty.
- All that God calls me to do, He empowers me to do. God leads me in the paths of righteousness so that I can join Him in His agenda for me. He has specific good works that He has prepared for me to do. (Ephesians 2:10). At times, envisioning the future and all that Steve and I will be involved in feels overwhelming. But then I remind myself that when Jesus called Peter to walk on water with Him, Peter probably felt overwhelmed. Some of the tasks God calls us to will feel overwhelming, but when we feel overwhelmed, it’s the perfect opportunity to remind ourselves that when He calls us to do, He empowers us to do. I want God to do something so extraordinary through my life that no one can look at my life and say, ‘Becky did that.” I want them to say, “Only God could have done that through her.” That means I have to find the courage, even when the task looks huge, to step out of the boat onto the water.
Friend, I don’t know what transitions you’re facing. It could be you’re getting ready to send your first born off to college. Maybe, you find yourself dreading the day he leaves. Or, maybe you’re facing a new job opportunity and the challenge feels overwhelming. Maybe, you’re getting ready to move like me, and leaving friends and family, feels daunting. Remind yourself this week: God goes before you, behind you, above you and beneath you. You can trust Him. He’s a good God. And, finally, what He calls you to do, He empowers you to do. Then step out boldly.
What transition are you facing? What’s one verse that you find comforting when you’re facing changes? I’d love to hear from you.