And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.
- Colossians 3:17 (MSG)
If you want to know the true character of a man or woman, watch that person during transition. It shows up big time, my friend.
Martin Luther King Jr. said it, “History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”
In my heart of hearts, I can see how his circumstance, albeit vastly different than mine, did have some similarities.
Transition shapes the individual; it puts our spirit under pressure and with that- there is a shifting of character than can bring out the best… or the worst.
How in looking at your own previous transitions do you see the good come out in you? Or maybe, the worst? Is there a way of seeing God in both sides?
When we pray, we involve Him in our choices, and our seasons of life so that we may better handle the situations at hand. We want to make sure that He is always at the forefront of these moments so that even as we are shaped by the pressure- He can bring out the best in us!
Will it always be that easy? No, but if we lean into his will, it will always be worth it and it will always bring His peace over the situation.
‘Father I am too young to understand that your ways are not my ways. Your ways are not of this world and although you knew that we would face hardships- you didn’t take them away from us entirely. I pray Lord that these moments of pressure, pruning and tension would yield fruits for your glory. That we would be made more like you, and less like the world around us. Thank you, Jesus, for your grace and for bringing forth your light in us. Fill us to overflowing with your spirit God- give us eyes to see and let all that we transition through bring out the best in us.’
Reflect: Where have I fallen short? Is there someone that deserves my apology and my repentance? How can I be better prepared for upcoming transitions- what emotionally healthy habits can I be practicing?