Accepting The Seasons of Transition

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“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Our lives are filled with periods of transition.   Some life changes are easy and even joyful as we welcome a new baby into the family or celebrate the announcement of a big promotion.  Others?  Not so much as we adjust to a move across the country or mourn the loss of a friend or loved one.  In Philippians, Paul gives direction on how to face the tough transitions of life.  “Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns.”  Philippians 4:6-7 (MSG) 

Shape my worries into prayers.  Now that’s a goal worthy of pursuit!

God wants me to face difficult times – not with fear or doubt – but with a clear sense of His presence in the midst of it.  I don’t know about you, but more often than not I just want rescued from my present problem; forget about learning the proverbial life lesson.  Yet God asks me to rely on Him and welcome His grace as I work through the transitions of life.

The best way to welcome God’s grace is through prayer.

I heard an explanation for prayer that really hit home.  When you read the bible, God is speaking to you.  When you pause in prayer, you are speaking to GodPrayer is powerful and designed to turn our focus away from our problems and over to Him.

I read the following quote and saw a vivid analogy between nature and the transforming process of trusting Christ through change: “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”  Likewise, while I appreciate the attractiveness of relying on Christ, I often neglect to acknowledge the hard work it requires.

Faithfully dwelling in His presence requires a prayerful transformation on my part.

I have a journal to keep me active and accountable with my prayer life.  As I flip back through the pages I am amazed at the masterful impact God has had in my life.  This handwritten record of answered prayer also guides me from falling prey to the ‘what have you done for me lately’ complaint.  I look back in humble appreciation while giving thanks to the transforming power of prayer.

How do you embrace a season of change?  Choose to view transition as an opportunity for spiritual growth and respond faithfully by sharing your concerns with our Lord.  And while you’re at it, keep a prayer journal of your talks with God.  You’ll be amazed at how active God is in your life!