by Noel Bouché
Our lives are a sequence of transitions (2 Corinthians 4:16).
We measure time by movement, be it the ticking of the clock or the dawn becoming the dusk (Psalm 50:1), seasons changing or school bells ringing. Yet we fear that movement, because it contains within itself the uncertainty of change (Matthew 25:25). But we’re commanded to be strong and very courageous (Joshua 1:9).
A “transition”—from the Latin transire, “to go across”—is a move from one place or perspective to another (Isaiah 2:3). There is always a barrier to overcome, a threshold to cross—a choice to make (Deuteronomy 11:31). This is why a transition feels like a “crisis”—from the Greek krisis, “decision” (Deuteronomy 11:26). A birth, a beginning, a graduation, a sending, a mid-life, an end of life—all decision points about how we will transition (Ecclesiastes 3:1).
There may be danger, and certainly there is opportunity, in how we decide (Joshua 24:15). The real danger is deciding to not cross over, because there are giants there (Numbers 13:31). When we fear the transition, when we do not cross over, we remain in the scorched places that were not meant to be our destination (Numbers 14:32).
We do not go, denying the One Who leads evening into morning, Who guides one season into another (Jeremiah 33:20). And so the past shackles us down with pain, the future forces us back with dread, and the present becomes a prison (Psalm 6:6).
Unless we decide to be shepherded to the greener fields in front of us (Psalm 23:2).
We are created male and female (Genesis 1:27). We are called to become sons and daughters (1 John 3:1). We are commanded to cross over to the promised inheritance (Deuteronomy 11:31). Because the Holy One, crosses over to dwell among us (Revelation 21:3).
Where is God leading you today?
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