I think what's left after you sift through all the fears, the unknowns and the worrying about the what ifs...bottom line....people fear change. It's the moving in between what you know and what you don't. It's leaving what you know and living in that sticky-gooey transition until you figure out what you've learned or know now about the unknown. It's in that lost space - the in between - that unnerves people. We are losing site of the shore, deep in the midst of an endless ocean before we reach the other side.
No anchor - just floating hope.
Transition: noun 1. the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another.
verb 1. undergo or cause to undergo a process or period of transition.
Some people stay where it hurts, where it's lonely, where it's abusive. Or they stay where there's no passion and every day is about as ordinary and dull as it was the day before. But they stay because they know it. We find comfort in the known. The unknown is scary and unsure and we can't count on the good. But you know what? We can't count on the bad either. It's human nature to view the unknown with negativity and trepidation rather than hopefulness or wide eyed expectancy. But we have to try - because God is already there.
Sometimes God will push us out of our comfort zone so that we can be the disciple He wants us to be. We can't be spectacular if we do the same thing and live the same life and avoid change like an audit or a rash. We grow into our destiny when we are put to the test, when we're rattled, when our circumstances change and we are willing to go through the transition where we are forced to look into ourselves to uncover what God has placed inside of us.
Centuries on this earth have unveiled and revealed the ordinary people pushed into extraordinary lives.
Isaiah 43:19 - I am about to do a new thing, now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Our nation will Self-Correct. We are similar to any social environment and the new guy and his cabinet friends will be critiqued, analyzed, and scrutinized to determine if they are a worthwhile addition to our United States campus. Any unrest, bullying, cheating, meanness will be rallied against and hopefully brought before the board. Furthermore, the new leadership will set the tone for the rest of the United States School so it will be imperative that society make sure to regulate that it is a positive role to follow. Even though the common citizen might not have taken a leadership role prior to this one, it may be time to be a hall monitor.
Deuteronomy 31:6 - Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you. He will never leave you, nor forsake you. This transition of power is THE opportunity to speak your voice, walk your walk and lead the causes that are important to you. The anticipated changing rough waters are when the sailor earns his stripes and puts all of the knowledge he learned on dry land or when he studied the currents under someone else's leadership. The time is NOW to be the watch dog for the change you've been waiting for or lead the charge to protect the issues important to you and may be at risk.
Hebrews 13:8 - Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. Wanting him to fail miserably to justify that you thought he was a bad decision is like wanting your surgeon to screw up the operation, or your pilot to crash the plane. It works against all of us to want him to fail just to prove a point. No matter who is in office, Jesus still reigns. He was here before our lives began and He will be there long after. We trust in the Lord to turn everything to the good.
Transition is a part of life.
Walk through it bravely.
God has a purpose and if you're still breathing, then you are a part of that purpose.