For those of you who do not know, I am in the middle of a huge transition. I have been speaking about transition off and on for several months. However, this, I must admit, is the longest transitional period I have ever experienced in my life. There have been some high points. And there has definitely been some low ones as well. In all, I have been seeking God’s wisdom and counsel more than ever because I do not want to stray from His plans for my life.
This is not always easy because we want what we want when we want it and how we want it. Then, reality sets in to remind us that this is not how it works. There will be some seasons of waiting. In addition to this, there will be some seasons wherein we cannot keep up with the move of God. So, during these moments, we learn to draw from His vast reservoir of grace to enable and sustain us.
What Is The Purpose Of A Transition?
What is the purpose of a transition? A transition is used to foster spiritual growth and development. Many of us do not embrace change well and would prefer to remain where we are currently. It takes us out of comfort zones and oftentimes requires us to engage in some level of activity in which we are not accustomed. In other words, transition shakes things up a bit.
I believe that our fear of transition stems from the fact that if we move from one area to another, it will expose our areas of weakness. No one wakes up on any given morning and decides they want to become vulnerable. Becoming vulnerable is a part of an ongoing process wherein we must destroy internal defense mechanisms to find liberty. We erect these debilitating fortresses over time and we must endure the process by which we can experience deliverance from them.
Why Is This Important To Us?
This is important to us because if we choose to remain in our current state, we can become stagnate. If we considered the example of stagnated water, we can observe that, over time, it begins to project a malodorous smell. The smell is unbearable. Its effect can cause some to refrain from coming within proximity of its location. Some people can actually become ill after having a brief encounter with the smell.
So, if this is how stagnated water affects people in the natural realm, then imagine the effects of a spiritually stagnated person. After a period of time, this individual will begin to notice that others will begin to refrain from interacting with them. This state affects a person’s entire composition (spirit, soul, and body). What emanates from the individual oftentimes will cause a shift in whatever environment he or she enters. Sadly enough, the only person who cannot discern anything is the individual from whom the spiritually malodorous smell comes.
An Ounce Of Prevention
What can we do to prevent this from occurring? One thing we can do is place ourselves in a position to hear God’s voice. Many times, we miss God’s activity because we are not spiritually sensitive to God’s voice. In other words, when God speaks, we cannot identify it if we do not practice hearing God’s voice. This in and of itself is a grave concern.
A lesson can be learned from Jesus’s instruction in the tenth chapter of John’s account of the Gospel. When speaking of the shepherd, Jesus taught us that,
“…the sheep hear his (the shepherd) voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow but will flee from him (the stranger): for they know not the voice of strangers…I am the Good Shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine…My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me…” (Jn. 10:3-5,27).
How can we practice hearing the voice of God? To practice hearing God’s voice, we must engage God through the following: 1) reading and meditating on His Word daily and 2) praying daily. The more time we spend in God’s presence, the better equipped we become to learning when He is communicating with us. We have to be open to recognizing that we will never have God’s methods of communication figured out completely (Is. 55:8,9). It is a continual process because God speaks to us in many ways.
Transitions in the Kingdom of God are an everyday reality in which we must learn to accept. And, there will be many things attempting to keep us stagnate and inefficient in the Kingdom. More often than not, however, the main opposition we face during a transition period is within ourselves. However, God never promises that any transition within His Kingdom will be an easy journey. But aligning ourselves with God’s plan and practicing His presence daily will assist us with any difficulties we may encounter.