The process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another.
One definition states this:
An abrupt change in energy state or level, usually accompanied by loss or gain of a single quantum of energy
There’s always a purpose in transitions and it always force us to rethink our lives and our values. Sometimes transitions threaten even our convictions and core beliefs.
Transitions are part and parcel of life, as human beings we must learn to adapt and keep up with these changes or risk being left behind.
I see transitions in the lives of the people around me all the time. Some are ready for these transitions, but there are several that are just pushed into a new phase of life without any preparations or warning.
I am no stranger to transitions, especially for the last few months.
I see the good in these transitions, and I have grown in ways that I wouldn’t possibly have if I didn’t have these transitions.
Many well meaning people choose to close up their vulnerability and heart when they go through difficult transitions in their lives. I can totally understand why, because sometimes I feel this way.
As Christians, sometimes we are “not allowed” to be negative or emotional.
You can hardly find anybody who will weep together with you.
Many people are uncomfortable dealing with sorrows and grief from other people.
They expect God to wave His wand over their friends and suddenly voila! Everything is a bed of roses. That will be really convenient isn’t it?
Not many people understand healing and recovery (especially when comes to a broken soul) is a process, and depending on the severity, can be a long process.
What will be the “right” thing to do is to put on a brave front and confessing the positive in our lives, and continue to fight the good fight of faith.
Do we eventually get out of our trials? Yes, I believe I will.
Do we become stronger in the Lord? Yes I’m sure by the grace of God I am now.
Throughout the years when I go through difficult times, this has been my mantra.
And it worked in a sense I get back on my feet fast and continue to move on with my life.
But what I realize recently, is that in the process of “being strong in the Lord”, I have hardened my heart against all the grief and disappointments. I refused to allow myself to wallop in self pity so to speak.
But as a result of all these years of chucking aside, I now struggle expressing my sorrows and pain properly to others. People find me very difficult to figure out.
While it is not a bad thing to just put aside the bad things and focus on the positive outlook of life, it is not a God thing.
It’s a simple truth really… even Jesus wept… even great prophets like Jeremiah and Elijah expressed their sorrows, and the man after God’s heart King David wrote many songs about his heartache and pain.
Bearing this in mind, I am careful in this season of transition of my life. I am careful not to move on too fast, or recover too fast. I want to allow God to work in the areas of my life that needs moulding and in areas of my heart that needs softening and healing.
1 Kings 14:25-27
“It happened in the fifth year of King Rehoboam that Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem. And he took away the treasures of the house of the Lord and the treasures of the king’s house; he took away everything.
He also took away all the gold shields which Solomon had made.
Then King Rehoboam made bronze shields in their place, and committed them to the hands of the captains of the guard, who guarded the doorway of the king’s house.”
The house of God as stated in the above passage has gone through a transition. They had lost everything to the enemies.As King Rehoboam rebuilt the temple, instead of the restoring gold shields like King Solomon, he replaced bronze shields in their place.
I am determined not to settle for bronze. Every transition should take us up another level, not to defeat us into settling for 2nd best or mediocrity.
What I had lost previously, I trust in the Lord that all will be restored and will be more glorified.
This is the hope I have in Christ Jesus.
“I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living.”