by Kendal Kelly
Meet Our Contributors
Pic by ZedProMedia
Everyone loves new: new clothes for that date coming up, new leather smell of a brand new car, and especially a new crush. All of these have a way of causing excitement, joy and adventure. There is only one type of new that never initially gets me that hyped up - a new season, AKA transition.
The word transition means ‘the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another.’ There is that other word that we all dislike - process. I remember when I was led to move to a Bible School in California. It was the craziest time of my life. I lost people I loved, my community, my well paying job, to take a crazy step in faith. It was hard and confusing but had I not left, I would not have had the tools and character needed to start ministries and the faith to be stepping into a social enterprise/coffee shop that helps at-risk youth.
If you look back through the Bible, we see that God is a God of instant miracles and healings, but He also uses the process or the journey. Look at the Israelites, they took forty years to get to their Promised Land after being enslaved for hundreds of years by the Egyptians.
They were told when to eat and how to eat, where to work and when to sleep, when to wake and what to do. They had no rights and no decisions that they were allowed to make for themselves.They were beaten, mistreated and devalued. God answered their cries by sending a leader to deliver them. Extremely amazing long story short - they flee for their lives into the wilderness on a journey to the Promised Land that God has for them.
The Israelites’ bodies were no longer slaves in Egypt but their minds still were. Even in our own lives, we cannot bring the old ways into the new places that God has for us. That is why the process feels like a stripping of things - painful, confusing, challenging and uncomfortable.
We have the tendency to feel that we are worse off in the new place. We are learning new things, so it feels foreign. It’s always difficult starting fresh in a new place, and it’s hard to get our bearings; but we eventually do. The new becomes the norm and eventually we master the new just as we did in the last season.
Any time we are going through a transition, there is a temptation to run back but God is trying to take us deeper into His heart. The Israelites were so uncomfortable with the new that they yelled at Moses for freeing them and told him that they wanted to go back to Egypt. In Exodus 14:13 Moses answers the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.” Sometimes all you can do is stand. Refuse to go back. Hang on. Settle in. Stand your ground. Lean into Jesus and trust that there is something better for you on the other side.
By looking at the story of the Israelites we can learn how to transition well:
No matter where you are in the process, don’t give up! Keep going; it’s just around the corner, one foot in front of the other and remember that God is for you! Continue to read His promises, read the prophecies spoken over you, worship Him, lean into His voice, surround yourself with His people and keep walking. When the door has shut and you are waiting for the next one to open don't give up even when it's hell in the hallway. Eventually you will be on the other side and it will have been worth it, because you will be wiser, stronger and walking out your purpose and destiny.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.