I was born and raised in Italy which makes me an immigrant to this beautiful country of ours. Learning another language and becoming accustomed to a different culture is a unique experience. Sometimes immigrants struggle during this period and can get “lost in transition.”
Transitions are that in-between stage of life when we may be already there but not quite yet. It’s a time when we move from the familiar to the unfamiliar. It is a move from old to new and transitions and if not embraced, it can create tension that leaves a negative impact on our lives. I speak from recent experience as Lois and I have been and are now walking through various types of transition in our lives.Transitions are that in-between stage of life when we may be already there but not quite yet. Click To Tweet
Transition can be just a few days, months or years and to some extent, the whole duration of time. How we respond to this unique experience of life is huge.
Transition can cause mixed emotions, some good and some bad. During these times, our patience is stretched, our outlook on the future tested and our faith tried as we sit in the waiting room of transition.
My biggest issue with transition is my lack of patience. I struggle with the urge to put the “pedal to the metal” and rush through this time to get to the intended end. I’m the pragmatic so I think: “tell me what we need to do to get it done God, ’cause I don’t want to live in the land of transition long.” Impatient right? Yes, but cut me some slack, I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one.
Maybe I’m in transition deep within my transition? A little Inception virtual reality for ya (if you have seen the movie).
So how do I deal with transition? This may be a bit of a brain dump, but here are some thoughts currently swarming through my head and some we have actually walked through:
- Pray about it — we make the mistake to do it all alone when we have a Father who cares for us and numbers the hairs on our head. (Matthew 10:30)
- Stay the course — we can learn from Joseph’s life. He dreamed greatness, but had to stop through a few unpopular transitional rooms, like the pit, prison and betrayal before getting to the palace. Let’s not get weary, rather, stay the course.
- Remain patient — patience is the “capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.” Hard to believe such a state of mind and emotions can exist under duress, but the reality is we all we need to work on being more patient and steadfast as we wait on God to finish what He started in us.
- Realize your limitations — we are not the masters of our destiny, the sooner we realize it, the sooner we’ll stop relying on me as being the source..
- God needs no help — we are limited, God is limitless. Sometimes we act like we need to get God out of a bind–as if He were waiting for our guidance and wisdom. Just because we lack patience, doesn’t mean God needs help in moving along the process. We must learn to trust Him unequivocally.
- Embrace the transition — there is a time when the Potter (God) after He has molded the clay, will put the urn on the shelf to allow the clay to dry and cure properly. The waiting and resting of the clay will ensure effectiveness of use and purpose of the vessel…the transition is a must. Transitions allow us to rest, allow God’s hand to work in us and make us ready for new assignments. Rest never killed anyone.
- Heart surgery — God can work on our heart and strengthen us to get us to the next stage of the race, and the waiting room of transition is a good place to allow Him to do that. May our prayer be, “Change my heart God.”
- Strength of character — patience produces perseverance and strength of character. In a culture where we want things done now and for free, waiting in transition is counter culture but so necessary to build character to weather the storms of life.
- Strategize — just because we are in transition, we should not stop thinking. While we wait, let’s think strategically, still write down your plans and ideas; these can be executed when the time is right.
- Keep worshiping God — we can get bitter and angry in transition if we don’t keep doing the right thing. To be overcomers, we must continue to worship God as we wait. He not only deserves it but our strength depends on our relationship with Father.
Wherever you might be right now in your transition process, ask the Father to meet you and sustain you as you wait. He is able to bring you to the other side with deeper humility, stronger character and greater reliance on him.
See you on the other side.
Davide has a unique communication style that has given him a platform in the marketplace to use his “get the job done” skill set.God has instilled in Davide a passion to equip the body of Christ through teaching, mentoring and speaking life through experience and wisdom of years.He is deeply passionate about pursuing and cultivating the presence of God. He currently lives with his wife of 31 years, Lois in Charlotte, NC. They have 3 amazing children with their married spouses.