Transition…the painful truth!
Ecclesiastes paints such a beautiful picture of change and transition. We are reminded that for everything there is a season and a time for every activity under heaven. I’ve taken this season to share about one of the most challenging seasons of life: transition. I believe one of the keys to success as you navigate transition is learning to trust in His timing and to understand the waiting process.
No one can better understand change and transition than a pregnant woman. When God begins something new…it always starts on the inside of you. Pregnancy is a perfect metaphor for transition. The dream, desire or vision is impregnated within your soul but your outside circumstances remain the same. Life as you know it will one day change, but for now the work is happening in the unseen. In this season you feel the flutters and excitement as well as the stretching that must occur for the birthing process to take place.
I remember all to well my season of pregnancy. Some moments were so sweet and exciting as I dreamt of the future. Some days were all together frightening as I pictured my current comfortable life toppled upside down. Other days I just couldn’t wait for the stretching, kicking and uncomfortable pains of pregnancy to end. As the time drew closer and closer, I became more and more ready but it wasn’t time yet.
I love Romans 8:22-25 in the message version. It creates a picture of a pregnant humanity. I love verses 24-25 “That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course don’t see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.”
If you can relate to these feelings of something new being created inside of you, if you are feeling the excitement and anticipation of a dream in your heart and fear and the trembling of that actual leap of faith, chances are you may be closing in on a season of transition and about to go into labor and delivery of this dream.
I looked up the definition of the “transition stage” of labor and delivery. I literally laughed out loud to read “This is the most intense part of labor. Contractions are usually very strong, coming every two and a half to three minutes or so and lasting a minute or more, and you may start shaking and shivering.” Isn’t this a perfect reminder of that season of change right before a new thing is birthed? It is painful!!!
It is recommended during labor and transition to concentrate and visualize the birth in order to make it through this stage. If you find yourself in a season of transition, I challenge you to concentrate…but concentrate on the Word of God. Visualize his incredible plan for your life and hold tight to his promises. Don’t give up, but press through. This may require some extensive spiritual warfare on your part but it’s worth it. Pray without ceasing because the next stage is the baby, the fulfilment of the dream. With it will come unspeakable joy and a lot more work as God prepares you for the next season!
You can do it!
-Contributor to the ARC Women’s Blog
This blog was taken from Meghan’s personal blog, meghanrobinson.wordpress.com