A place of writing and reflection…
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…”
About a week ago a friend named Joe Moore spoke about ‘transitions‘ at my church—no, not the glasses kind. The life kind. Changing from one life circumstance to another.
Some we’re well prepared for while others take us completely by surprise. Some lift us up while others scar us. Sometimes it’s our fault; sometimes it’s others.
But regardless of the way or from in which they come, we all go through transitions.
An infant becomes a toddler, a teenager and on into adult hood. Seasons change and the day becomes night.
For Joe it was switching from one job to another.
Ever since I have know him, he has worked with the boys dorm and taught at the school in our local community. At some point in his last year of teaching he felt God pulling him to work elsewhere—or at least preparing his heart for the change. At the same time he had committed the time to teaching and had yet to finish the school year.
As he talked, he explained that though he knew transition was coming, he kept his current commitments until opportunity opened up for him to take a dive into something new. Now he works in construction doing a variety of jobs including a recent roof re-shingling—something he had not expected to be doing, but is loving doing it.
He stressed the importance of change, but not trying to force it when it’s not the time. Sometimes these changes are a while in coming and sometimes they take just as much time to complete. When we try to force them however, things usually go wrong—or in the very least don’t turn out the way we hoped.
What would have happened suppose Joe just dropped his teaching in the middle of the year? To the staff? To his students? Change would have happened but not the way God had intended. Often we have a tendency to think we’re helping God because perhaps He’s forgotten or doesn’t have the time.
Well thats a lie.
The Bible says:
“But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will he not much more clothe you? You of little faith!”
Change comes and goes, but it works best if it is in God’s timing. When we try to push things they don’t always work out to the best that they could have.
A couple of years ago a dear friend of mine passed away and I felt the need to be there for the funeral. I had not taken the chance to see him or his wife on my last visit and for some reason I thought this would make up. A few friends understood my feelings.
Financially however I was not able to go. Even with offers to borrow from friends to cover the extra I did not have, by the time all was said in done I still would have been in big debt. That debt would have taken me a while to recover from as I was paying for college classes and only working part time.
Thus I had to drop the trip.
It was heart breaking. I wanted to be there to support my friends, and while I could have forced it to happen, the results would not have been pretty.
It’s not that God was too busy to help me—His concern for me was not for me to go home at that time. His concern was in not putting me in debt, and learning to be support from afar. Even more so His concern was in teaching me that His way is not always mine and while it may not always be easy, it is the best.
Since then the past two years have been full of transition: college graduation, teaching, taking on a full time job again, and new relationships. Not all of it has been easy, but I wouldn’t change it for the world—tears and all. And in two months I commit to yet another big change—marriage—to my long time friend and now fiancé, Charles. The next two months can be short or they can be long. Either way it’s God’s timing, not ours, and yet I see His hand in the midst of it preparing things for us little by little.
What transitions have taken place in your life? Did you let God work it out and step in when He gave the okay? Or did you get impatient and try to do it on your own?
Or are you in the midst of change right now? Just hold on. It might be a bumpy ride but it will be well worth the time.
Don’t see any yet? Hold on. Change is on the way.
Copyright The Faithbook 2012