How to Navigate Transition

“Do not be deceived. God is not mocked” (Galatians 6:7)

Transitions are both exciting and scary. It is exciting because we are leaving some dead things and are on a path into new adventures. It is scary because the new season is filled with many uncertainties that challenge our faith. The good news is that God is a master at successfully leading His children through change and into a higher level of living.

When we are transitioning from the old to the new, we have to be aware that we will be living in both old and new during the transition time. (It won’t be called transition any more when we are completely in the new!) As we first enter in this period of change, we will most likely be experiencing something like 80% old and 20% new in our lives. As we continue, the new will increase and the old decrease. This is important to understand.

Let’s consider the farmer. After he plants seed, he patiently waits for his new crops to grow. He knows that he is moving from being unfruitful to fruitful. His faith is not passive as he actively pulls weeds and waters the seeds planted. He does not lose heart because of the delay of seeing his harvest.

We are spiritual farmers. If we walk in wisdom, we will deliberately, regularly and cheerfully plant seeds into the spirit realm. We too will have to deal with weeds that spring up during the time of waiting for our new harvest to come. These weeds are like thorny bushes that spring up and cause pain to us. They often result from seeds we have sown in the past that spring up during our time of transition. Unless we have a heavenly perspective, this can disillusion us and challenge our faith that things are changing.

Talking about these things is tricky. I don’t want to create negative expectations, and I don’t want to limit God’s ability to immediately cancel bad seeds we have sown in the past. He is so merciful and has done this many times. (And as the kingdom keeps advancing, we will see blessings like supernatural debt cancellation increase more and more.) We rejoice in this, but we also tap into God’s grace to face the weeds of frustrating circumstances that emerge in our transition time. He promises to meet all our needs “according to His riches in glory” (Philippians 4:19). His peace will “guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:8). “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). As we transition to a higher place in life, let’s keep the faith in spite of negative circumstances and declare that our harvest is coming.