Thursday, January 24, 2013

Reflections by the Sea © Betsy Ore Glass
January 24, 2013

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 ESVWhat does the word “transition” really mean? The dictionary says it is movement, passage or change from one thing to another. The definition makes it sound easy doesn’t it? A favorite quote that simplifies the meaning of transition: “One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.”A transition of any kind can have huge impact. Some change and transition we choose willingly and others seem forced on us. If we are reluctant participants in change that faces us, we can get caught up in an overwhelming emotion of fear. Fear can be paralyzing, both physically and emotionally. I think we have all been faced with fear of change at one time or another. But then God’s wisdom intervenes and we are pulled out of it with a fresh outlook and anticipation. A wise person once said, “You don't have to be afraid of change. You don't have to worry about what's being taken away. Just look to see what's been added.”That helps us to turn what we think is a negative experience into a positive one. Every time my husband and I had the chance to advance his career by moving, I was always reluctant. Very reluctant. But once we got settled in our new surroundings, I realized “home” is in my heart, not in possessions or memorabilia or familiar places. God can give us a peace about change He is bringing to us if we ask Him. Like nature, the tides, the blowing and drifting sand, birds migrating, the change of seasons, fluctuating weather patterns…everything is in transition. It is called “life”. It is normal and we should accept God’s hand and involvement in our lives and our surroundings. He is everywhere and He walks us through our life’s pah with His Guiding Love. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

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