Do you feel like your life is constantly changing? (It probably is!) Life’s transitions are unending and can spark anxiety and fear. How do we trust God in the midst of transition? I recently had the chance to speak on this topic and I’m excited to share these talks with you.
My life has had lots of transitions–from being a single career girl, to marriage, to 5 kids in 7 years including twins, to almost 5 teenagers at once, to 4 weddings in 3 summers, to the empty nest, and then one bounced back for a season, to 21 grandchildren.
All along the way I kept waiting for life to calm down. HA!
Life doesn’t calm down; it only gets more complicated. I kept waiting for stability expecting it to be the norm. But instead I discovered:
Transition is the norm; stability is the rare exception.
Now John and I are getting ready for another transition as he retires this week and steps down from being rector of our church, a position he’s held for forty years.
Transition comes in different packages:
- Biological seasons: from parenting toddlers, to parenting teens.
- Difficult transitions: a move, a new boss, a new job, elderly parents moving in with you, the loss of a dream.
- Joyful transitions: marriage, the birth of a child, pursuing a dream.
- Tragic transitions: a death, illness, loss of a child, a financial crisis.
Transition is a constant and is by nature awkward. The questions is: how will we handle life’s transitions?
Will it be with fear and depression, or with a sense of adventure and a tender heart towards God?
Where will we run in transition?
Proverbs 18:10 says, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous run to it and are safe.”
It’s helpful to ask, Where am I running?
It’s so easy to run to other places for comfort and some may not be safe: a non-believing friend, alcohol, a man not our husband, busyness, over-commitment, the internet, shopping, food.
Whatever transition we are experiencing, God wants us to run to Him for guidance, for comfort, for purpose, and for understanding.
But what does ‘running to God’ look like?
Recently I had the opportunity to give 3 talks on “Trusting God in Life’s Transitions” at my church’s women’s retreat. It was a very special time.
I’d like to invite you to check out the talks below and listen along. And I’d love to hear what you are learning in your own transition.
“Anchored: Trusting God in Life’s Transitions”
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