Transitions and Our Spiritual Walk

transition-walk-thumbnailChange often incites the polar emotions of excitement and dread.  What is being changed is critical to the dominant emotion.  Is there something that will be lost?  You can be assured of that!  Is there something new and different to be gained?  You can be certain of that, too!  The term “liminality” indicates the uncomfortable ambiguity that develops when we are standing in the middle of a juncture of significant change.  Liminality is the word for transition.  It means between two worlds:  one foot in one place and one foot in a different place.  You can see both behind you and before you to some degree.

What is lost often in transition is a sense of control and identity.  This is never comfortable.  Most people like to know what is ahead and be able to predict with some sense of accuracy how the day, the week, the month, the year, and even the ‘season’ will play out.  No surprises please! Anxiety is often produced when a role that once was fixed changes to another role or to the same role in a different location,  .

Many in our Territory are undergoing changes of appointment.  Others have changing family circumstances.  Some are facing a new job.  Some changes are inner changes.  What do you need to embrace in the change as God’s work in you?  Liminal time is necessary time to adjust in the transition from one place to the next and from one season to the next.

Scripture records that God goes before His people and He is their rearguard.  Liminality occurs for a season, and in that season God is always in the process of making all things new.  During the process He invites us to participate with Him.  Sooner or later we learn that our being in control is an illusion and our identity in Christ is fixed!  Our circumstances, good or bad, do not determine our identity, our worth, our value and the only control we have in our circumstances is self-control.  We look to Him, whether our days are going well and are relatively settled or whether they are in flux.  Let’s affirm together the words of Anna Laetitia Waring:

           “In heavenly love abiding,
no change my heart shall fear;
And safe is such confiding,
for nothing changes here.
The storm may roar without me,
my heart may low be laid;
But God is round about me,
and can I be dismayed?

            Wherever He may guide me,
no want shall turn me back;
My shepherd is beside me, and nothing can I lack.
His wisdom ever waketh,
His sight is never dim;
He knows the way He taketh,
and I will walk with Him.

Green pastures are before me
which yet I have not seen;
Bright skies will soon be o’er me,
where the dark clouds have been.
My hope I cannot measure,
my path to life is free;
My Savior has my treasure
and He will walk with me!”

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