We are affected by them, we do not want to acknowledge that at times, well a majority of the time we cannot control them, and they are what we call transitions. Transitions bring change, and if you are like me, I only like change on my terms, period. Transitions occur in small moments and in larger contexts that can bring us joy or cripple us with fear, and everything else in between. One truth is that we cannot avoid them whether we cause them or they just happen. Transitions affect us greatly, and some of them we set out and plan for great transitions in our lives. However, we get caught in the grand idea of change and transition on our terms we tend to overlook the process that will bring that transition.
We can define transition as – a going across or a movement to cross, as in transit. From which we derive the use of this word to define our movements in action and in word. In speaking upon such a topic as this, I must confess, I miss the beauty in the process of embracing the small moments of transitions for they form my wholeness that informs my actions/movements in the larger contexts of greater transitions. I am humbled by such knowledge and pray for Wisdom to show me how to grow in this embracement of the small things.
In the wisdom literature within the Bible we find a passage from the Proverbs that says, “The heart of man plans his ways, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Prov. 16:9.This verse implies a transaction of transitions. Let us look at a few ways that of this implication:
- The Heart – in Jewish writings the heart is a reference to the will of person or that persons spirit that guides them with great courage or a discouraged will to engage with the world around them. The heart at times can be a resilient when facing a great variation of perplex situations that seem impossible to overcome. (insert your own experience) Also, the heart can cause a person to run in fear or sit in a paralyze state of non-movement, or cause a regression in to old habits. These thoughts are not exhaustive, however their intent is to bring to light our hearts can be fickle, and at best lukewarm in how we will respond to any given situation. That might feel like an indictment of our hearts, can you admit along we me, we are indecisive people, where we will move as the wind blows, maybe I am the only one. When we plan from our hearts we plan in hope we will not change our course due to how we feel or the pressures of life that are upon us.
- His (Our) Ways – tied to our heart is our will; this is our boot-straps mental state that says, “Yes We Can, and Thus We Must Do”. This kind of mindset and attitude I believe is God given, for we are to imitate Him in our ability to work and create. Where at times we miss the mark, is that we tend to live under and through our own capacity. Can you and I be honest, are capacities have a limit, even the most industrious and most intelligent person, has a capped limit. However, But with Jesus’ work on the cross and His resurrection from the grave, gives our capacity and unending limit as we surrender our plans – transitions – movements unto Him.
- But the Lord… – Jesus bestows upon us a gift taking our plans and establishing them in a unique way. This unique way is by taking us through multiple and vast number of transitions to establish us not within our own plans, but transitions us into His plans for our lives. Then these glorious painful, self-denying, pressured filled, joyous moments of transitions culminate into a preparation for a larger context He has prepare us for, this greater calling is defined differently for each of us, but the goal is the same, which is to Glorify His Name through us and through our moments of transition of change. In this place we learn and see how He establishes us in His will and His purpose for us, not solely for us, but for the greater good of those around us and for His Kingdom.
Personally, I have been recently in a state of embracing these small transitions of change in knowing He will be leading me into a greater transition of change. This change of circumstances will have profound impact of these in my sphere of influence, which will impact the sphere of their influences as well, and it that influence goes on, and on, and on. Jesus calls us all to change our perspective to His and these moments of transitions to that perspective can and will cause us uncomfortable-ness, which is for our good and His glory. Where is Jesus calling you to transition from and where is that He wants to establish your steps as you surrender your plans unto Him? Let us learn together this process of transition: Our Hearts set to Plan our ways, But the Lord will Establish (as we submit and surrender to His will & purpose) Our Steps.