Preparing for the New Thing

Yesterday we talked about transition. Transition is not always easy, frankly, most times it can be quite a challenge.

Transition itself denotes change. It is saying we are leaving something behind. It is also declaring we are moving into something else, something new.

Although it should be something we look forward to, it is often a time of frustration. No one likes waiting. Especially in the world we live in today. We want everything quickly or even worse, now.

To me, transition has always felt like I was stuck somewhere in the middle. I hadn’t fully left the old season but it wasn’t yet time to go into the new place.

During times of transition I often feel an excitement for what lies ahead, even though I don’t know exactly what it is. However, at the same time, I may be grieving the season I am leaving and the things or people I am leaving behind.

If nothing else, transition is a time of testing our faith. Our faith is always challenged when we can’t clearly see what is ahead of us.

This is the time we need to trust God the most.

Transition is a time to become more intimate with God. Because the path before us may not be clear, it is a great time to lean into God and listen closely to His voice. The Bible says God will direct our path. He knows exactly where we are going if we are following Him. As we draw closer to Him, the frustration and uncertainly of what lies ahead will diminish.

That being said, transition is not a place to make camp. Transition itself declares a new thing is coming our way.

Isaiah 43:19 says, Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

The Amplified Bible says it like this; Listen carefully, I am about to do a new thing, now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it?

This scripture, to me, explains why we can walk through transition and choose to not become frustrated. Transition itself is preparation for the new thing God is doing in our life.

Transition is defined as; Passage from one place or state to another; change.
We are passing from the old to the new. How can we, then, more readily prepare for the new?

First things first. Recognize we are in a time of transition.

Know and understand that this time will pass. And know that it is only preparation for what God is doing in our life. It is getting us ready to step into the new thing God is bringing into our life.

Will we recognize this season? Will we be ready for it?

Personally, if I understand what season I am in, it is easier for me to remain in faith and peace. It gives me confidence to continue to trust God. To trust what He has in store for me. To embrace His path for me.

I am more certain today than I was yesterday; we are in a time of transition. We are, right now, moving from one place to another, spiritually. I am excited! I know God is bringing the new into our life. I know He has a good plan for each one of us. Therefore, I am embracing and celebrating this passage. I am choosing to prepare for what lies ahead…the new thing God is bringing into my life. How about you?

Meditate on This:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

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